Melbourne City have clinched a record-breaking Westfield W-League Premiership after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
The win means Joe Montemurro’s side, who are 11 points clear of Canberra United in second, take out the Premiership with three games remaining in the regular season.
City’s dominance this season was again on show today winning their record 10th game in a row despite a spirited effort from the Roar who battled for the 90 minutes.
Newcomers City secured their first silverware in the competition by scoring 32 goals and conceded three over the 10 rounds so far.
Playing in front of a 1672 crowd that included Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic and Matildas midfielder and former Roar star Elise Kellond-Knight, it took only six minutes for the runaway competition leaders to open their account.
A freekick on the left side of the box by Kim Little was not cleared properly by the Roar defence.
The ball bobbled around inside the box and when it fell to City captain Lisa DeVanna, the Matildas striker cleverly crossed back to the left where the kick taker Little was unmarked by the Brisbane defence.
Little emphatically buried her shot into the Roar net.
Despite the early setback, the Roar Women didn't drop their heads as the game swung end to end.
City nearly went 2-0 ahead in the 19th minute when Roar defender Ruth Blackburn headed a Aivi Luik cross onto the Roar crossbar.
Luckily for the home side the ball deflected high and wide for a corner.
The Roar's best chance to get back in the game in the first half was a 29th minute freekick on the edge of box and central after Tameka Butt had been fouled.
But Katrina Gorry, who has scored from that position many times in her career, skied her shot well over the crossbar.
The Roar dominated for the next 10 minutes but couldn't turn the advantage into an equaliser and went into the break 0-1 down.
Despite dominating for periods in the second half, the Roar couldn't break through for the equaliser.
In the end, it took two brilliant saves form Roar keeper Haley Kopmeyer from City having a more comfortable victory.
In the 83rd minute she made a superb diving save to the left to deny Larissa Crummer from 15m then seconds later bravely dived at the feet of Little who had broken through the Roar defence.
Brisbane Roar 0
Melbourne City 1 (Kim Little 6')
Brisbane Roar: 1. Haley Kopmeyer (gk), 3. Amy Chapman, 4. Clare Polkinghorne, 6. Angela Beard, 7. Gabe Marzano (9. Cortnee Vine 64'), 10. Katrina Gorry, 11. Kirsty Yallop (8. Ayesha Norrie 78'), 13. Tameka Butt, 14. Summer O'Brien (12. Alisha Foote 84'), 15. Ruth Blackburn, 17. Emily Gielnik.
Unused substitutes: 20. Carrie Simpson (gk)
Yellow cards: Kirsty Yallop 73'
Melbourne City: 1. Brianna Davey (gk), 4. Jennifer Beattie, 6. Aivi Luik, 7. Stephanie Catley, 8. Kim Little, 9. Larissa Crummer (5. Laura Alleway 90+2'), 10. Jessica Fishlock, 11. Lisa De Vanna (3. Alex Chidiac 78'), 13. Rebekah Stott, 15. Amy Jackson, 17. Marianna Tabain (16. Beatrice Goad 60').
Unused substitutes: 20. Trudy Burke (gk)
Yellow cards: Stephanie Catley 58'