Women's Sport: Melbourne City triumph in Australia W-League Grand Final

Melbourne City were 1-0 winners in the Australian W-League Grand Final against defending Champions Sydney FC on Saturday, with Scotland’s Claire Emslie putting in a great performance.

Emslie, who has made 28 appearances for her country, helped her side reach the final – scoring in last weekends’ semi-final. The 26-year-old joined the Melbourne on loan from Orlando Pride in November last year and has made 12 appearances for City, scoring five goals.

Since November 8 last year, Claire has been involved in 15 games for both club and country -winning 14 and drawing one.

Matildas international defender and Melbourne captain Steph Catley scored the only goal of the game in the 15th minute and was awarded player of the match for her efforts.

Catley told ESPN after the match:

“The fact that we still got over the line, even though we might not have played our best football just shows how much this team wants to win and I think, at the end of the day … we deserved it,”

Melbourne had an impressive 2019-20 campaign, going undefeated all season – winning both the regular season and now the Championship – scoring 33 goals and only conceding five. 

The Grand Final victory means City have won four of the last five W-League titles – a record number of title wins.

“I would like to look at it as just a reward for six months’ hard work and sacrifice and I think, in the end, we deserve both a premiership and championship,” coach Rado Vidosic added.

Melbourne midfielder Aivi Luik has now won seven W-league titles – an incredible achievement considering there have only been 11 W-League campaigns.

Though it was a moment of happiness for the club, due to the ongoing pandemic – Coronavirus – no fans were in attendance for the game at the 30,000 capacity AAMI Park stadium.

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