W-League | Melbourne City go back-to-back

Melbourne City are the Westfield W-League champions once again, clinically defeating Perth Glory 2-0 in the 2016/17 Grand Final at NIB Stadium.

Goals to Jess Fishlock and Beverly Yanez propelled City to the title for the second straight year in front of a record W-League grand final crowd of 4591.

Player-coach Fishlock put in a dominant display, pulling the strings throughout the 90 minutes to claim the player of the match award.

City were the brighter side from the offing and Beverly Yanez should have put her team ahead within first minute, however miscued a straight-forward header wide of the goal.

Vanessa Di Bernardo and Samantha Kerr loomed likely to make the biggest impact for Perth, and the latter had a glorious chance to put her team ahead in the 24th minute.

Kerr created a yard of space on the edge of the box and smashed a long-range effort on goal, forcing City keeper Lydia Williams into a low left handed save.

Melbourne responded to Perth’s charge and Erika Tymrak missed a guilt-edge chance to break the deadlock in four minutes later.

Astute build-up play from City released Fishlock into space and the City number 10 cutely diverted a header into the path of Tymrak.

The City attacker couldn’t compose her self in time and slashed her resulting shot over the bar.

It seemed both sides would enter the half-time interval locked at 0-0, until City dynamo Fishlock stepped up to put her team ahead.

Tymrak and Yanez combined for a slick one-two combination to find Fishlock waiting patiently inside the box for an out-stretched tap in.

The goal meant City entered the half-time break with a 1-0 advantage.

Perth lacked the required intensity in the opening stages of the second stanza as the reigning champions assumed the ascendency creating multiple opportunities.

Fishlock was again in the thick of the action and forced a fine reflex save from Glory keeper Dal Basco after a one-on-one chance.

Perth continued to battle away, but the longer the second half went on the clearer it became it wasn’t Perth’s day.

Glory superstar Kerr summed up her team’s efforts in the 69th minute, missing a genuine sitter of a chance.

Nicole Stanton found space down the right flank and found a leaping Kerr in the six-yard box, however the Glory skipper couldn’t convert the resulting header.

City made Perth pay two minutes later and sealed the win through a surprising Yanez goal.

The City winger had space down the left and hit what looked to be an attempted cross on goal.

Glory keeper Dal Basco could do little as the ball cannoned through her left hand and off the cross bar into the back of the net.

From then on City professionally controlled the game and ran out victors to claim the Westfield W-League crown.

Match Details

Perth Glory 0
Melbourne City 2 (Fishlock 45+1’, Yanez 71)

Attendance: 4591
Stadium: NIB Stadium, Perth

Referee: Kate Jacewicz
Assistant Referees: Allyson Flynn, Sarah Ho
Fourth Official: Danielle Anderson

Perth Glory: 18. DAL BUSCO Gabrielle (GK), 2. CARROLL Sarah (5. CHARALAMBOUS Patricia, 73’), 3. CARROLL Kim, 4. MAUTZ Alyssa, 7. STANTON Nicole, 9. SUTTON Rosie, 10. DI BERNARDO Vanessa, 13. GIBBONS Jaymee (8. BILLAM Shawn 53’), 17. RIGBY Natasha 20. KERR Samantha (C), 22. ROMERO Arianna

Substitutes: 1. MAIZELS Melissa (GK), 6. BENNETT Carla, 14. DOEGLAS Caitlin

Melbourne City: 1. WILLIAMS Lydia (GK), 2. ALLEN Teigen, 3. BARNES Lauren, 5. ALLEWAY Lauren, 6. LUIK Aivi, 7. CATLEY Stephanie (C), 10. FISHLOCK Jessica, 11. TYMRAK Erika, 13. STOTT Rebekah, 16. GOEBEL Beverly (19. VLAJNIC Tyla Jay 87’), 17. TABAIN Marianna (15. JACKSON Amy 69’)

Substitutes: 20. SHIELDS Emily (GK), 12. ELLIS Olivia, 14. AYRES Melina

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