Carpenter scores double as City defeat Wanderers


Melbourne City have been crowned Westfield W-League Premiers after a convincing 4-0 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday evening.

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 tenth in a row, and the club’s seventh consecutive clean sheet, an incredible defensive record that will see Vidosic’s team post the best-ever defensive record in competition history should they keep a shutout against Brisbane Roar on Sunday, March 1.

City have not conceded a goal since Sydney FC midfielder Sofia Huerta notched one December 8, 2019, over 11 hours of football. 

And, as they demonstrated again in Sydney’s west, the star-studded line up are firing on all cylinders in attack too. Western Sydney shot stopper Courtney Newbon turned in a valiant display at Marconi Stadium and made seven saves, but there was simply no way to halt the City juggernaut.

After concluding the regular season against Roar on Sunday, City will commence their hunt for a fourth Westfield W-League Championship with a home Semi Final in the Finals Series. 

The Finals Series will be broadcast live on FOX Sports, ABC TV and iView, Kayo Sports and the MyFootball Live App.

Western Sydney remain in third position following their third loss in four matches. Dean Heffernan’s side will pick themselves up for a trip to WA to face Perth Glory on Saturday, 29 February, a contest the Red and Black may have to win in order to guarantee Finals Football depending on other results.