The Melbourne Victory have denied Sydney FC the championship double with a stunning goal in the final seconds of extra-time.
19-year-old Victory forward Kyra Cooney-Cross came up with the deciding play, scoring a stunning goal from a corner and sparking incredible scenes.
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It may have been the final seconds of the extra-time period but injury time went for another three minutes, but Sydney couldn’t find an equaliser.
The cross came in to FC keeper Jada Whyman who could do little more than knock the ball into the back of the net as it curled into a group of players.
It sparked pandemonium as the Victory went nuts.
Sydney were the benchmark all season, winning the Premier’s Plate but couldn’t brush off the Victory in the final.
It’s the second straight loss in the grand final for the Sky Blues.
It also ends a seven year title drought for the Victory and the second in the club’s history.
The Victory were dominant throughout the match and took an incredible 30 shots, although just six were on target.
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The young match winner said post match that she was desperate to avoid going to a shootout.
Previously no W-League Grand Final had even gone to extra-time.
“I was just thinking that I didn’t want it to go to penalties,” Cooney-Cross said. “We had so many chances, hit the crossbar … kudos to Jada, she made a lot of saves but we deserved to win.”
Incredible finish to an incredible match.Source:Getty Images
Whyman ended up winning the player of the Grand Final but was shattered after the game.
But the commentators said her performance was why Sydney were still in the game.
Victory striker and Matildas great Lisa De Vanna said it was a crazy game with Melbourne just unable to beat Whyman.
It was her record equalling fifth W-League title.
“It was something I’ve never experienced before,” she said. “The ball just would not go in the back of the net. It was one of those game where you thought ‘is it going to go into penalty shootout and are we going to lose after having that many chances?’ But we were persistent and believed and it took until the last kick of the game to win it and you can’t put a feeling to that.”
Melbourne Victory are the W-League champions.Source:Getty Images
With the finish was something to behold, the game was a pulsating thriller throughout, with social media showing its appreciation.
Another amazing @WLeague grand final. This just one of the highlights… https://t.co/upvWZWkpFw
That was one intense and exhilarating @WLeague Grand Final. Congratulations to @gomvfc and well done to @SydneyFC on a fantastic season #wleagueGF 😀⚽️
Them: Women’s sport isn’t as exciting as mens sport and that’s why it doesn’t attract the same coverage or $$$$. @WLeague Grand Final: HOLD MY BEER 👏👏👏 https://t.co/7ywpwtJvgT
Great finish to the @WLeague GF. Cooney-Cross class. Congrats @gomvfc. #SYDvMVC
Brilliant scenes, what a marvellous @WLeague Grand Final #WLeagueGFhttps://t.co/vmxp026sUS
That one will go down in folklore. What a game to decide the @WLeague! Congratulations to @victorywleague. #WLeagueGF
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