W-League report: Victory 2-2 Sydney

Melbourne Victory returned to the Westfield W-League summit and secured its spot in the finals after a 2-2 draw with Sydney FC on Sunday.

Summary

Victory came from behind twice at Lakeside Stadium to reach the finals for the first time since 2014.

Casey Dumont saved a Caitlin Foord penalty before Emily Gielnik cancelled out Alanna Kennedy's first-half opener.

After Chloe Logarzo restored Sydney's lead, Natasha Dowie struck to earn Victory a point.

Victory made a bright start but needed a penalty save from Dumont in the 10th minute to stay level.

Samantha Johnson was penalised for a foul in the area, but Dumont pushed away a spot-kick from Foord.

As both teams struggled to create chances, the Sky Blues took the lead in the 35th minute.

Dumont parried a Princess Ibini-Isei effort and Kennedy was on hand to volley in from close range.

In Victory's best chance of the half, Laura Alleway headed a Christine Nairn set-piece wide in the 37th minute.

It took until the 68th minute for Victory to equalise, Gielnik firing a wonderful effort into the top corner after a Dowie pass.

But the Sky Blues immediately restored their lead thanks to a fine goal from Logarzo.

However, Dowie ensured Victory took a point, receiving a pass from Ella Mastrantonio before turning and finishing into the bottom corner.

Both teams searched for a winner, with Alleway hitting the post, but had to settle for a draw.

Result

Westfield W-League 2018/19 Round 13
Melbourne Victory 2
(Emily Gielnik 68', Natasha Dowie 78')
Sydney FC 2 (Alanna Kennedy 35', Chloe Logarzo 71')

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Next up

Victory faces a short turnaround before making the trip to Perth to face the Glory on Friday, February 1.