City knock premiers Roar out of W-League finals


Melbourne City have reached the W-League decider at the expense of premiers Brisbane Roar after a 2-0 semi-final win on Sunday.

Former Roar midfielder Aivi Luik came back to haunt her old club, breaking a tense deadlock in the 66rd minute with a long-range effort that deflected off Brisbane skipper Clare Polkinghorne's shoulder.

Jess Fishlock added another six minutes later, the veteran Welsh international's shot passing through the outstretched gloves of Mackenzie Arnold to silence a stunned crowd at Perry Park.

It was a rich reward for City and a harsh but fitting punishment for the Roar, who had numerous chances but simply weren't clinical enough to finish them.

However, they had what looked a strong penalty claim turned down six minutes out from the break after Matildas attacker Hayley Raso was clattered by Luik.

Having not conceded a single goal against City all season, the two strikes brought an abrupt end to Brisbane's season and shattered their hopes of capturing the W-League double.

They rallied to find a way back into the match and nearly pegged one back in the 77th minute through substitute Abbey Lloyd.

Her headed attempt on goal rattled the crossbar and bounced straight down, but didn't cross the line.

Two-time reigning champions City, who finished fourth on the ladder, will now face Sydney in next Sunday's grand final having won it from the same position last season.

They can make history by repeating that feat as no team has ever won the W-League grand final three years in a row.

Drinks breaks were taken in both halves on a 34-degree scorcher in Brisbane, which tested the resolve of players and the 3870 in attendance.

The conditions clearly took their toll, with the first stanza an enthralling end-to-end affair dominated by the Roar.

But when it slowed down in the second half, City's big guns relished in the extra space.

Source AAP