Melbourne City have qualified for a third consecutive W-League grand final thanks to a 2-0 win over Brisbane Roar in Sunday’s semi-final at Perry Park.

Goals from Aivi Luik and Jess Fishlock sealed the result for the visitors setting up a clash with Sydney FC in next weekend’s grand final.

The match started as a typically tight finals football affair with neither side able to fashion any clear cut chances.

Roar came closest in the first half when Emily Gielnik played a dangerous ball across the face of goal with Allira Toby inches away from making a connection with the cross.

City gained the ascendancy early in the second half and were so close to finding the breakthrough when Kyah Simon rattled the crossbar with a powerful shot from the edge of the area.

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Minutes later City did make their mark on the scoreboard when Aivi Luik’s deflected shot from the top of the box found its way past Roar goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Five minutes later Jess Fishlock latched onto a through ball before lobbing an onrushing Arnold to double the visitors lead.

Roar nearly pulled one back late on when substitute Abbey Lloyd sent a header crashing against the woodwork, but it wasn’t to be for the premiers as City held on to book their spot in next weekend’s showpiece event.

It’s the second season in a row that City have qualified for qualified for the grand final from fourth position and they have the opportunity to record a first ever W-League three-peat with a win against Sydney next weekend.

Melbourne City will face Sydney FC in the W-League grand final next Sunday at Allianz Stadium.

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Brisbane Roar FC 0

Melbourne City FC 2 (Aivi LUIK 66’, Jess FISHLOCK 72’)

Perry Park, Bowen Hills

Referee: Rebecca DURCAU

Assistant Referees: Joanna CHARAKTIS & Eleanor HAYES

 

Brisbane Roar

  1. Mackenzie ARNOLD, 2. Carson PICKETT, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE, 6. Celeste BOUREILLE, 8. Kaitlyn TORPEY, 10. Katrina-Lee GORRY, 12. Allira TOBY (25. Abbey Lloyd 69’), 13. Tameka BUTT, 14. Summer O’BRIEN, 16. Hayley RASO, 17. Emily GIELNIK

 

Melbourne City

  1. Lydia WILLIAMS, 2. Yukari KINGA (15. Amy JACKSON 90’), 3. Lauren BARNES, 4. Ashley HATCH (11. Rhali DOBSON 75’), 6. Aivi LUIK, 7. Stephanie CATLEY, 10. Jess FISHLOCK, 12. Jodie TAYLOR, 13. Rebekah STOTT, 14. Alanna KENNEDY, 17. Kyah SIMON (19. Tyla VLAJNIC 88’)
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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.