How Melbourne City have secured the Premiers Plate

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Melbourne City’s 4-0 win against Melbourne Victory on Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Stadium was the equal biggest Melbourne Derby winning margin, proving that the Premier’s Plate is practically theirs.

In City’s inaugural season, they too beat Victory 4-0 and were unlucky on to have not set a new derby record on Sunday.

The win today was the team’s ninth in a row and put them only one point away from securing their second top of the ladder finish.

A draw next week ensures they hold the Premier’s Plate for the 2019/20 W-League season; a win making the victory just a little bit sweeter.

With this form, they are also arguably the clear favourites to claim their fourth championship.

City’s attackers once again put on a performance that none of Victory’s defenders failed to control.

Claire Emslie scored a double across the two halves and was unlucky not to have secured a hattrick in the 69th minute when Dumont stepped up, backing up her reputation as one of the best goal keepers in the W-League.

City’s other goals came from the Matildas’ scoring machine Emily van Egmond and Kyah Simon; the three who make up the sides forward line.

Brisbane Roar losing to Perth Glory on Sunday still however keeps Victory three points clear on fourth place, however Victory looked far from a top four team.

This was all City’s doing; they held possession, constantly produced chances and made Victory look poor.

If City could do this to a team chasing the Champions Plate, they can do this to any team they encounter the rest of the season and throughout the finals.

Their next challenge is the Western Sydney Wanderers, who they play on February 20th.

The Wanderers sit third on the ladder and should be worried about City inflicting a performance on them like the one they did to Victory.

This season is City’s; it is now just a matter of continuing to scare their competition and show them what they are about to bring to the finals series.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.