Kiwi Hannah Wilkinson wins double for Melbourne City in heartbreaking loss to Sydney FC

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A Cortnee Vine brace secured Sydney FC a dramatic 4-2 extra-time win against Melbourne City on Friday and a fifth successive Grand Final.

A brace from Football Ferns striker Hannah Wilkinson led Melbourne City before substitute Vine pulled back a goal and Maria Jose Rojas sent on a torrid game in the extra 30 minutes.

Rojas’ goal completed a few minutes of change of momentum with City’s TJ Vlajnic sent off for a foul on Vine.

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Teenage substitute Sarah Hunter put the home side ahead six minutes into extra time and Vine scored another to end the scoring at Jubilee Stadium.

City’s night went from bad to worse in the closing stages with veteran keeper Melissa Barbieri sent off after handling the ball outside the penalty area.

Sydney FC made history last Sunday when they topped the table for a record fourth time after finishing two points clear of their opponents, and were presented with the Premiers Plate before kick-off. mail.

Melbourne City will have another opportunity to feature in the decider thanks to the new league finals format.

Football Ferns striker Hannah Wilkinson scored one of her two goals for Melbourne City in a 4-2 loss to Sydney FC.

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Football Ferns striker Hannah Wilkinson scored one of her two goals for Melbourne City in a 4-2 loss to Sydney FC.

City now face the winner of Sunday’s playoff semi-final between debutants Adelaide United and visiting Melbourne Victory, with Sydney FC set to host the season-clinching match in a fortnight.

City failed to get past the Sky Blues penalty area in the opening 20 minutes until Vlajnic made a flying save from goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman.

A minute later City scored the most important opener when league top scorer Wilkinson took advantage of captain Natalie Tobin’s unusual defensive error and found themselves with an easy finish past a Mathyssen-Whyman exposed.

Hannah Wilkinson celebrates scoring her first goal with Melbourne City teammate Leticia McKenna at the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

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Hannah Wilkinson celebrates scoring her first goal with Melbourne City teammate Leticia McKenna at the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Vine’s half-time introduction added spark, but a City side that have won all of their eight A-League Women’s final matches rarely seemed on display.

The competition seemed over when New Zealand international Wilkinson doubled the advantage 13 minutes after the break with a perfect finish near the post, following solid build-up work from Leticia McKenna and Rebekah Stott.

Vine’s powerful 73rd-minute header brought the home side back into the competition after Ally Green’s powerful run created the opportunity.

The goal saw the momentum swing into the Sky Blues’ path and Vine launched an effort from the top of the crossbar.

Vine looked set to score when she rounded goalkeeper Barbieri in the final minutes only to be swept away by Vlajnic who was sent off for a last-man foul.

Substitute Rojas fired a loose ball home a minute into five minutes of added time.

Hunter, 18, powered home a header from close range and Vine extended the winning margin with seven minutes to go.

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