W-League: City’s tilt for a perfect season


Melbourne City FC will be looking to finish the 2015-16 W-League season how it started, with a win over Sydney FC.

Joe Montemurro’s side put six goals past the Sky Blues in Round One’s clash, kicking-off the Club’s first ever-competitive game in emphatic circumstances.

Since then, City has gone on to maintain a perfect record in the Westfield W-League, taking maximum points from 11 games.

A total of 36 goals have found the back-of-the-net for City this season, averaging one every 27 minutes.

Larissa Crummer netted twice against Sydney back in Round One, igniting what has been a devastating season in front of goal for the recently turned 20-year-old.

With 11 goals this campaign, a hat-trick to team-mate Kim Little or a four-goal haul from Canberra’s Ashleigh Syke’s would prevent Crummer from being the sole recipient of the 2015-16 Westfield W-League Golden Boot.

Marianna Tabain, Lisa De Vanna and Beattie Goad all netted on debut for the Club against Sydney in October while Melina Ayres came off the bench to score in her first-ever Westfield W-League appearance.

Since then, the two-time champions have pieced together a consistent season and will finish the season in third spot despite the result.

Sydney will make the short trip to Canberra for its semi-final clash as the fixture was confirmed following last week’s 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Despite tomorrow’s game, Montemurro and his charges could be forgiven for having one eye on next week’s semi-final.

Whether or not the 46-year-old opts to rest a few players with the Premiership and a semi-final berth secured will only be determined in the few hours before kick-off tomorrow afternoon.

City will enter the contest with a week’s rest, sitting the last round out with a bye.

It was an opportunity for players like Lisa De Vanna to return to full fitness, who missed City’s last clash against Western Sydney Wanderers with a minor foot injury.

Melbourne City v Sydney FC

Saturday 16 January 2016

C.B. Smith Reserve, Fawkner, Melbourne

Local kick-off: 2pm

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Melbourne City squad: 1. Brianna Davey (gk), 3. Alex Chidiac, 4. Jennifer Beattie, 6. Aivi Luik, 7. Stephanie Catley, 8. Kim Little, 9. Larissa Crummer, 10. Jessica Fishlock, 13. Rebekah Stott, 15. Amy Jackson, 16. Beattie Goad, 17. Marianna Tabain, 18. Anisa Guajardo, 20. Trudy Burke (gk)

Ins: none

Outs: none

Unavailable: Monique Iannella (knee – indefinite)