After going close to losing their undefeated season last week, Melbourne City completed their undefeated W-League season at AAMI Park on Sunday night. It ended a perfect debut season for the side, who defeated Sydney FC 4-1 in Sunday’s Grand Final.
The win sees Melbourne City complete their double, after a scare last week, winning the semi-final on penalties. Melbourne City become the first W-League club to manage an undefeated season, going 14 matches without a loss, still waiting for the first loss in club history.
Melbourne City made two changes, bringing back two international stars with Matildas captain Lisa De Vanna and Kiwi Rebekah Scott both returning. The premiers were expected to be without Jess Fishlock, but she passed her fitness test and turned out for City.
By contrast, Sydney FC was completely unchanged from their semi-final side, and they did not lie down. Both sides were looking dangerous, in an entertaining match with De Vanna looking dangerous for City and Jasmyne Spencer looking likely for Sydney FC.
The nerves of a week ago were settled for the home fans just after the half hour mark as Melbourne City had the opener. A cross from Kim Little went to the far post and found Jennifer Beattie who was able to get it home at the second attempt.
Just ten minutes later Melbourne City could have been two goals ahead with Beattie Goad having two solid chances. The first came thanks to Little’s through ball which played the youngster on goal but her shot was too tame before De Vanna set her up for a better effort which was well saved by Michelle Betos.
Melbourne City looked to continue on the attack in the second half as they controlled the early possession and within ten minutes they had their second. A set-piece from 25 yards allowed Kim Little to send in a curling free-kick which was too good for Bertos as it beat her in to the corner of the net.
It could well have been three for Melbourne City after Sydney opened up, letting Kim Little get a chance away. The angle was tight but she got an impressive shot away, beating Betos, but it could only find the post.
Sydney FC were handed a golden opportunity with just over 20 minutes to play as Alanna Kennedy was fouled on a corner. That allowed Kyah Simon to step up and she easily buried the chance to make it 2-1.
That goal seemed to spur on Sydney FC and they went for the match with Brianna Davey being forced into action. The best chance came from Kennedy who was able to hit a powerful effort from distance but it was well saved by Davey to keep City in front.
That missed opportunity was punished with 11 minutes to play as Melbourne City were able to make it three. De Vanna was sent through by Little, allowing her to set up Goad who easily sent it past Betos to take the match away from Sydney.
The win was really wrapped up with a stoppage time goal as De Vanna was able to put an exclamation mark on the match. She was able to lift a ball past Betos, sealing the fourth goal and winning the title on a high note.