Northcote City have emerged triumphant in Melbourne City’s inaugural ‘City Cup’ competition and will travel to Manchester in early 2016 to face Manchester City’s Academy side.
Melbourne turned on the weather for the final day of the City Cup tournament, as the 8 finalists played off for the grand prize.
Day one’s winners Northcote and Box Hill kicked off the finals with wins against Kingston SC and Pascoe Vale respectively.
Day three winners Oakleigh narrowly edged past a gallant Football Star Academy side 3-2 on penalties while Springvale Eagles flew past Hume City.
Northcote carried their momentum into the semi-final beating Box Hill United 2-0 while on Academy Pitch two Springvale defeated a fatigued Oakleigh Cannons outfit.
The final, played on the clubs Elite training pitch, ebbed and flowed with Northcote grabbing a late goal to go 1-0 up at the half.
The second half followed the same script as the first, however it was Springvale who grabbed the late equaliser to take the game to extra time.
Northcote City were eventually able to break the deadlock at the games dying stages, after an attacking run down the right resulting in a 9th minute winner.
The victorious Northcote City squad will travel to England next year to play Melbourne City sister club Manchester City FC’s elite development squad.
The spirit of the City Cup was on show with all teams and players who participated throughout the tournament to be commended on the high standard of football and sportsmanship displayed throughout the week.