Captain Catley leads Melbourne City to fifth Westfield W-League title

Melbourne City captain Steph Catley captured her fifth Westfield W-League title after her side lifted their second Premiers Plate following a 4-0 win against Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday.

Claire Emslie set City on their way with an early penalty, Westfield Matildas star Ellie Carpenter netted an impressive double and Ally Watt scored on debut as Rado Vidosic's all-conquering City side wrapped up the 2019/20 Premiership with the most dominant of performances.

The win is City's 10th in a row this season and the club's seventh consecutive clean sheet, opening up a nine-point gap to second-place Sydney FC, who have only two more matches to play.

City last won the Premiers Plate in their foundation season in 2015/16, their first ever silverware, before going on to lift the Championship three times in a row in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Catley has been ever-present in City’s trophy haul since that inaugural campaign five years ago, and now claims her first Premiership as skipper after lifting two Championships while wearing the armband.

"It has felt amazing this year," Catley told FOX Sports after the match.

"It's definitely a comparison of that first season that was so successful, and I think the football and consistency that we're playing is at an even better level, it's a little bit higher. 

"It's exciting, we still have one game to go and its important one."

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Melbourne City get their hands on the Premiers' Plate
Melbourne City get their hands on the Premiers' Plate

New City recruits Emily van Egmond and Ellie Carpenter secure their maiden Westfield W-League silverware in their first year at the club.

The Westfield Matildas pair joined the Victorian heavyweights from the Newcastle Jets and Canberra United, respectively, in the off-season.

Kyah Simon collects her sixth major Westfield W-League winners medal, having filled her medal cabinet with two Premierships and two Championships while at Sydney FC. 

The 87-cap Westfield Matilda moved to Victoria in 2017 and picked up a Championship with Dario Vidosic’s side in her first season at the club. She now adds a first Premiership in City colours.

Westfield Matildas number one Lydia Williams also claims her first Premiership title with City, having lifted the trophy twice as a Canberra United player.

City players embrace Ellie Carpenter after one of her two goals
City players embrace Ellie Carpenter after one of her two goals

Williams’ first taste of Westfield W-League silverware was a Premiersip-Championship double with the ACT club in 2011/12 and she picked up the Premiers Plate with the Green Machine again in 2013/14.

The 31-year-old also has two Championship medals from her time with City, taking her title tally to six.

City players were all smiles after their Premiership win
City players were all smiles after their Premiership win

Aivi Luik starred in all three of City’s Championship wins, after sealing her first Grand Final triumph with Brisbane Roar in 2010/10.

The midfield supremo now clinches her second Westfield W-League Premiership crown in a City jersey to join Simon and Williams the ‘six titles club.’

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Australia v Vietnam (Home Leg)
Date: Friday, 6 March 2020
Kick-off: 6.30pm AEDT
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports, ABC iview (delayed on ABC TV) and the My Football Live App 
The match will also be streamed LIVE on YouTube for viewers outside of Australia and Vietnam

Vietnam v Australia (Away Leg)
Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Kick-off: 6.00pm local; 10pm AEDT
Venue: Cẩm Phả Stadium, Cẩm Phả, Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam
Tickets: TBA
Broadcast: TBA 

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