W-League Title Eludes Sky Blues – Again!

Melbourne City have claimed a third-straight Westfield W-League title, defeating Sydney FC 2-0 in the 2018 Grand Final on the weekend at Allianz Stadium.

Both sides struggled to maintain possession in a frenetic opening, but City grabbed the lead 10 minutes before half-time through a long-range strike to Jess Fishlock after the referee missed what appeared to be a foul on Sydney’s keeper.

Sydney FC fought their way back into the contest after the break and forced City keeper Lydia Williams to pull off a series of crucial saves.

But the Skye Blues’ inability to convert their chances proved costly with Jodie Taylor’s close-range strike sealing the win for City with 15 minutes remaining.

A distraught Teresa Polias, one of Sydney’s stand-out performers in the contest, spoke of her pride for her Sydney FC teammates in a tearful tribute to her side’s achievements this season, which saw the Sky Blues make the Grand Final after losing their opening three games of the campaign.

“It’s really tough. I’m so proud of my team. There’s a lot of stories in our team,” the Sydney FC captain told Fox Sports.

“For us to have done what we did this season I’m so incredibly proud.

“I’m sorry to the people – there’s a few people on the sideline that we didn’t quite do it for today, our friends and families. But I’m so incredibly proud of this team.”

Sydney FC coach Ante Juric suggests the occasion may have got to his players.

“I don’t think we played to our potential,” he said.

“Maybe the occasion, maybe the 10 games undefeated, maybe a bit of fatigue setting in.

“They were a little bit nervous, the passes weren’t hitting target, so things like that.”

The absence of Caitlin Foord didn’t help matters and Sydney sorely missed the Matildas striker’s attacking prowess.

“She’s a super player but I thought Leena (Khamis) did a solid job and Remy (Siemsen) when she came on,” Juric said.

“To lose a world-class player like that on a stage like this is a big loss, and we saw that today.”