Melbourne City aim for final flourish in dominant season
Melbourne: Runaway Premiers Melbourne City will look to complete a clean sweep of Australia’s domestic silverware when they host Sydney FC in the W-League Grand Final at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Saturday.
Twelve wins in a row have taken Rado Vidosic’s dominant side to within 90 minutes of glory, with only Sydney – who finished third in the regular season – able to prevent them from becoming the first team to do the double since 2009.
One of the few leagues to continue in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the W-League decider will be held behind closed doors, with only players, officials and media to attend.
Latsko winner keeps Sydney FC's Championship defence alive
Melbourne: Veronica Latsko was Sydney FC’s hero after her early strike proved enough to down Melbourne Victory, 1-0, and put the defending W-League Champions back into the Grand Final.
The 24-year-old American striker showed her poacher’s instincts in the 14th minute to net her third goal of the season, a campaign which started late as she recovered from an ACL tear that forced her to spend six months on the sidelines.
After the Sky Blues took a slender lead into the sheds, Victory came out all guns blazing in the second half but the home side’s most dangerous threats – Natasha Dowie and Darian Jenkins – were kept shackled at Epping Stadium.
Wilkinson: Closed-doors derby will be strange, but focus remains on title hunt
Sydney: Captain Alex Wilkinson admitted the prospect of Saturday's clash against archrivals Western Sydney Wanderers would be surreal without fans present due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but insisted it would be business as usual as A-League front-runners Sydney FC edge towards a record fifth Premiership.
There were over 28,000 fans in attendance at Western Sydney Stadium on October 26, 2019 when the Sky Blues faced the Wanderers. In the return to the venue this weekend, not a seat in the stands will be occupied as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
A state of affairs, that Wilkinson confessed, would result in a unique neighbourly encounter in what is usually a cacophonous cauldron of noise and colour.
ASEAN & East Domestic Wrap: Ho Chi Minh City FC move top
Kuala Lumpur: Defending V-League champions Hanoi FC suffered a first defeat of the season in Vietnam as Ho Chi Minh City FC won their second successive game to come out of the weekend as the only team with a 100% record.
Elsewhere in ASEAN, A-League leaders Sydney FC drew with Perth Glory, Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim were held at home and Persib Bandung maintained their lead at the top of Indonesia's Liga 1.
There was also plenty of action in Cambodia and Singapore while in East Asia there were FA Cup quarter-finals in Hong Kong and a pair of huge scores in Guam, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest rounds of fixtures from the two regions.
Ha Long: A prolific goal scorer, a national team leader and the star signing at one of the world’s biggest clubs, Sam Kerr draws attention on any football pitch she plays on.
With 34 international goals in the last 32 months, and a string of individual awards at club level thanks to her exploits with Australia’s Perth Glory and the US-based Chicago Red Stars, Kerr is already established as one of the world’s top strikers, but 2020 looms as an opportunity to break new ground.