Matildas at Home: Grand final rematch set after Victory take Melbourne derby bragging rights

The A-League Women's grand final is set and a number of Commonwealth Bank Matildas will do battle after Melbourne Victory defeated Melbourne City 3-1. 

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Victory set up another date with Sydney FC following goals from Melina Ayres, Claudia Bunge, and Lia Privitelli. 

Jeff Hopkins' side entered the game following a 2-1 win over Adelaide United while Rado Vidosic's team were looking to bounce back. 

The team in light blue lost a bruising encounter against Sydney 4-2 and lost Tyla-Jay Vlajnic and Melissa Barbieri to red cards in the process. 

In their place came Sally James and Chelsea Blissett. Melbourne Victory also made a change to their XI, welcoming back Kyra Cooney-Cross following her suspension. 

Melbourne City's back three of Emma Checker, Winonah Heatley, and Tori Tumeth had plenty to deal with in the opening stages of the clash with Victory's attack coming close on a number of occasions. 

For the home side, Rebekah Stott was creating the best chances, testing Casey Dumont in the Victory goal. 

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Melina Ayres eventually found the breakthrough, pressuring Checker and causing a turnover which she latched on to before coolly slotting the ball past James. 

Just before the halftime break Victory had their second. This it was Claudia Bunge sticking a boot out to direct it home following Courtney Nevin's inch-perfect corner delivery. 

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Alex Chidiac was a workhorse across the park, making runs down the flanks, putting in crucial tackles, as well as threading delicate passes through to Victory's front line in what was a player of the match performance. 

She was integral in setting up Victory's third, combining with Zimmerman before the ball found its way to Ayres central. She was able to lay it off for Lia Privitelli who scored her second goal of this finals campaign. 

City tried to get some sort of comeback started and were able to peg one goal back with Leticia McKenna's corner kick finding the head of Tumeth. Hannah Wilkinson had a great chance to make it two but put her header just wide. 

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Victory will now fly to Sydney to take on the Sky Blues in a replay of last year's grand final. Back then it was Cooney-Cross' 120th-minute olimpico that split the two sides. 

Sydney FC will be looking for their first championship since 2018-19 from a fifth straight grand final appearance.