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Monday, February 18, 2019

Sydney FC beats Perth Glory 4-2 in W-League grand final

McCaskill gave the Sky Blues the half-time lead after Sam Kerr's penalty cancelled out Huerta's long-range opener.

The US international made it a two-goal cushion midway through the second half at Sydney's Jubilee Oval, before Glory defender Alyssa Mautz pulled one back in the 68th minute.
Any thoughts of a comeback ended when Chloe Logarzo drove home from just outside the box to seal the club's record-equalling third championship.
It also ends Melbourne City's run of three-straight titles.
Sydney's triumph avenges their heartbreaking loss to City in last year's decider, while the Glory are left to rue a third shot at a maiden trophy.
All week, there were predictions of a shootout between the season's two most prolific goalscoring teams, led by Matildas pair Caitlin Foord and Kerr.
And the W-League grand final record crowd of 6,127 was not disappointed as both sides fired a combined 27 attempts in a free-flowing box-to-box contest.
McCaskill would have been kicking herself when she found woodwork from point-blank range in just the second minute.
Kerr's first real chance came soon after, but her header was wide of the near post.
The marquee made her impact from the penalty spot, having beaten Danielle Colaprico to a loose ball and copping a kick to the shin.
Sydney goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe guessed correctly to her right, but could not prevent Kerr's shot powering into the bottom corner.
While the Glory continued to rely on finding Kerr and Rachel Hill on the counter, the Sky Blues were able to dictate and build upfield.
Their play was rewarded when McCaskill's header off an early Foord cross looped over a flat-footed Eliza Campbell in the 41st minute.
A grandstand finish loomed when Mautz volleyed a Nicole Stanton corner, however Logarzo responded with her dagger not long after.

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