Dumont pulls off performance of a lifetime that sends Victory to the grand final

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Despite letting in three goals, it was the performance of a lifetime for Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Casey Dumont, who was the difference for her side in extra time, making save after incredible save to force the game to penalties.

Melbourne City looked like their usual dominant selves, controlling possession and looking to play through the press. Come half-time the City dugout looked calm and collected as they looked to build upon their 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by midfielder Rhianna Pollicina.  

But Melbourne Victory striker Melina Ayres had other ideas, picking up a hat-trick within 19 minutes. By the 79th minute, Melbourne City fans were starting to look worried but moments later Pollicina picked up the second of the match which took her tally to eight for the season. Then with the last kick of regulation time, New Zealand international Hannah Wilkinson sent the crowd into raptures when she headed in a goal to send the game to extra time. 

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Having already saved a penalty in regulation time, Dumont looked extremely confident going into extra time, even after Victory midfielder, Amy Jackson was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for stepping on Pollicina’s foot. Melbourne Victory head coach Jeff Hopkins spoke post-game about Dumont’s competitiveness.

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“She was amazing. She prides herself on her performance, she’s the most competitive person we’ve got at the club, including myself,” said Hopkins

“She wasn’t gonna give up. [She was amazing] not just from what she did on the field, but in the huddles at half time. She had a lot to say. 

“She made sure that if anyone was just wavering a little bit that there’s no way that was going to happen.

“I just can’t speak highly enough of her and what she brings to this team.”

Over the 120 minutes, Dumont made a total of eight saves plus the additional saved penalty keeping Victory’s hopes alive.

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Then when it was time for the shootout, Dumont put her hand up to take the first penalty, reminiscent of the first W-League finals series where a 16-year-old Dumont led Hopkins’ Queensland Roar off in a shootout win over Sydney FC. 

Ultimately, Dumont gave Victory the momentum they needed to take control of the shootout and send themselves to the grand final in which they will face the Victor of the second semi-final between Sydney FC and Western United.

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With a Women’s World Cup looming, it may be time for Tony Gustavsson to think about bringing Dumont back into the Matildas’ fold as she has consistently been one of the best goalkeepers in the league this season. Stunningly the 31-year-old only has three caps to her name in her international career.

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Caydn Foley
Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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