Melbourne City celebrates Stephanie Catley’s goal that secured the club another W-League title. (AAP: Scott Barbour)
Melbourne City has captured its fourth W-League championship in five seasons following a tight 1-0 win over Sydney FC in this afternoon’s grand final at AAMI Park.
- Melbourne City has now won the most W-League championships out of any club
- City was unbeaten in the 2019/20 season, having won 11 of its 12 regular-season matches
- Stephanie Catley score the only goal of the grand final for City
The home side, unbeaten all season, seized the advantage over the reigning W-League champions early, with Stephanie Catley finding the back of the net in the 15th minute of the first half.
Melbourne City has now won the most W-League championships of any club with four titles, although today’s grand final win was played with no spectators in attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The victory completed a tremendous season by Rado Vidosic’s Melbourne City, who won 11 of 12 regular-season matches.
Melbourne City conceded just five goals across its entire campaign, while scoring 33.
Sydney FC started the better of the two sides, displaying impressive energy and fight, but it was Melbourne City who drew first blood.
Catley and Emily van Egmond played a clever one-two, allowing a charging Catley to take a touch and drive a shot towards the far corner. But Aubrey Bledsoe’s poor attempted save instead bundled the ball into the net.
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An Alanna Kennedy howler almost handed Melbourne City a second goal in the 32nd minute.
The Matildas centre-back blindly passed the ball across her defence, with Claire Emslie pouncing but she hit her shot straight into an advancing Bledsoe.
Two minutes later, Kyah Simon hit the crossbar with a cross-turned-shot.
Sydney FC had a penalty shout waved away soon after when Sofia Huerta’s cross into the box appeared to hit Catley in the face, only for replays to show it had hit her elbow.
Huerta attempted to hit back just before the break but her skidding shot was comfortably claimed by Lydia Williams.
Players were met by an empty stadium when they took part in the pre-match ceremony. (AAP: Scott Barbour)
Sydney FC spurned a golden opportunity to draw level in the 49th minute.
A tremendous cross-field ball from Ally Green landed in the path of Veronica Latsko. But Williams made herself big to block Latsko’s shot, with Ellie Carpenter on hand to clear the ball off the line.
Melbourne City butchered another chance to double their lead on 57 minutes.
Emslie put Simon through on goal with a tremendous ball but the Matilda put her shot high and wide.
Williams denied Sydney substitute Princess Ibini a late equaliser with an excellent save in the 80th minute.