Melbourne City claimed a record fourth W-League Championship on Saturday night, beating reigning title holders Sydney FC 1-0 in front of a near-empty AAMI Park. The win means City – who boast six Matildas players – completed their entire 14-game W-League campaign without defeat. Their stellar record reads 11 wins from 12 regular-season games, with 33 goals scored and just five conceded all season. City captain Steph Catley continued her remarkable form this campaign with the winning goal in a player-of-the-match performance, sealing a FIFTH W-League title for the superstar defender. The fullback charged down the left wing before blasting a shot from a tight angle in the 15th minute. But Sydney’s keeper Aubrey Bledsoe made an uncharacteristic error when she fumbled the shot into her own net to gift City the lead. Catley should have given her opponents a penalty later in the first stanza when she blocked a cross using her outstretched elbow inside the box. It was a clear foul, but Catley pretended the ball had hit her face – an incredible piece of acting that left everyone fooled. Sydney – lacking star Matildas attacking duo Caitlin Foord and Chloe Logarzo, who both moved to England with WSL clubs – were defensively solid, stifling City’s devastating attack for much of the game, but failed to fire in front of goal. An Alanna Kennedy howler almost handed City a second goal in the 32nd minute. The Matildas centre-back blindly passed the ball across her defence, with Claire Emslie pouncing – only to hit her shot straight into an advancing Bledsoe. Two minutes later, Kyah Simon hit the crossbar with a cross-turned-shot. Sydney spurned a golden opportunity to draw level in the 49th minute. A tremendous cross-field ball from Ally Green landed in the path of Veronica Latsko. But Williams made herself big to block Latsko’s shot, with Ellie Carpenter on hand to clear the ball off the line. City butchered another chance to double their lead on 57 minutes. Emslie put Simon through on goal with a tremendous ball but the Matilda put her shot high and wide. Williams denied Sydney substitute Princess Ibini a late equaliser with an excellent save in the 80th minute. Bledsoe almost handed City a second goal when her injury-time clearance bounced off City’s Milica Mijatovic and just trickled wide of goal, with the home side settling for a 1-0 win. This article originally appeared at: https://www.foxsports.com.au/football/w-league/wleague-grand-final-melbourne-city-v-sydney-fc-matildas-coronavirus-score-live-blog/news-story/c20dec76733fc976746ec049b6e3e6a2

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