The key moments in Victory’s Premier’s Plate win


Melbourne Victory secured a first Westfield W-League Premier’s Plate after an impressive campaign in 2018/19.

A 2-1 win over Perth Glory on Friday saw Victory claim the Premiership with a game to spare.

Here’s a look at some of the key moments of a memorable regular season.

Round 2 – Ayres stunner lifts Victory
Victory claimed its first win of the season by beating the Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Lakeside Stadium.

Melina Ayres scored a spectacular opener before Natasha Dowie opened her account, although Cortnee Vine struck for the Jets as all three goals came inside 12 minutes.

But Victory closed out a deserved win to kick-start its season.

Round 3 – Victory lays down Derby marker
Victory produced a fine performance in a 2-0 Melbourne Derby win over City at AAMI Park.

After an Elise Kellond-Knight own goal, Emily Gielnik scored her first for the club with a fantastic finish on the counter-attack.

It was a win that took Victory to seven points from its opening three games.

Round 4 – Dowie inspires in Sydney
Facing another championship contender in Sydney FC, Victory needed an inspired performance from Dowie to record a 3-2 win.

The captain starred with a treble, with two coming in the first half before adding a third in the 51st minute.

Chloe Logarzo had pulled Sydney level in the first half and Alanna Kennedy scored with a free-kick in the second as Victory held on despite a red card to Angela Beard.

Round 9 – Dominance over Glory
Coming off back-to-back away defeats, Victory produced arguably its best performance of the season in a 2-1 win over Perth Glory at AAMI Park.

Dowie scored twice and Victory had numerous other chances before Rachel Hill’s 90th-minute goal for Perth.

It was the perfect response from Victory, which finished 2018 with a much-needed win.

Round 10 – Dumont delights in Derby before Nairn magic
Victory goalkeeper Casey Dumont starred as Victory looked set to earn a goalless draw against City in the second Derby at Epping Stadium.

But Christine Nairn stepped up to produce some magic in the 88th minute, curling in directly from a corner to give Victory a 1-0 win.

It gave Victory a Derby double and put it well on track to reach a first Finals Series since 2014.

Round 14 – Premiership clinched
Needing a draw in Perth, Victory went one better, beating the Glory 2-1.

Christine Nairn and Emily Gielnik scored first-half goals and Victory held on despite Sam Kerr’s header.

The result saw Victory equal a club record with 23 points and secure a first Premier’s Plate.