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Melbourne City crowned W-League premiers

  • Melbourne City crowned W-League premiers

Melbourne City are the W-League premiers in their foundation season after claiming a gripping 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar.

Kim Little's early goal set City on their way to a tenth successive victory since joining the league.

Belinda Wilson's side played beyond their seventh-place position, ensuring the occasion was a challenge as well a coronation.

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City players were relieved rather than celebratory on the final whistle - a reflection of the tightness of the contest and bigger prizes yet to be won.

But the final outcome was the same as it's been in every City match since October; victory.

City's lead came in the sixth minute.

Captain Lisa De Vanna cut in from the left, her cross narrowly evading leading goalscorer Larissa Crummer and allowing Scottish international Little to lash home.

A surging run from Steph Catley shortly after nearly brought a second, with the left-back's cross sliced onto the bar by Roar defender Ruth Blackburn.

At that point, it seemed a matter of how many for Joe Montemurro's side but the Roar steadied.

Led by midfielders Tameka Butt and Kat Gorry, the Roar played themselves into the occasion.

In humid and sunny conditions at Broadbeach United Soccer Club, the two sides failed to fashion clear-cut chances for much of the afternoon.

Both Crummer and Little should have closed out the match with 10 minutes remaining but Haley Kopmayer made two fine one-on-one saves in the space of 30 seconds.

The difference proved to be Little's strike and City's defence, which maintained a clean sheet for the fifth straight match.

W-League head Damien de Bohun was on hand to present the premiership plate to the victors.

City claimed a number of records on top of the trophy, awarded as second-placed Canberra United can no longer catch them.

They are the first side to win ten straight W-League matches and to keep six consecutive clean sheets.

The success also ensures City will host a semi-final - likely to be a double header with the men's A-League side on Monday 25 January - and the final, should they qualify.

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