Melbourne Victory secured a place in the Westfield W-League Finals Series and kept its chances of winning the Premier’s Plate alive with a 6-0 thrashing of Perth Glory.
Victory moved into the finals for the third straight season after a dominant display at Epping Stadium on Sunday.
Melina Ayres scored a first-half brace before Kyra Cooney-Cross struck twice in the second to go with goals from Claudia Bunge and Catherine Zimmerman in an emphatic performance.
Victory will win the Premier’s Plate for a second time if it beats Sydney FC in its final regular season game on Wednesday.
Perth had an early strike disallowed, Hana Lowry fouling Victory goalkeeper Gaby Garton before scrambling in.
Victory looked dangerous and threatened in the 13th minute, MelindaJ Barbieri – playing her 50th Westfield W-League game – seeing her shot saved by the feet of Glory goalkeeper Lily Alfeld.
Annalie Longo headed an Amy Jackson cross wide before Cooney-Cross forced a great save from Alfeld with a 20-yard strike, but the opener followed for Victory.
Angela Beard made a great run down the left before crossing, Ayres tapping in her fourth goal of the season.
Victory doubled its lead before half-time through Ayres following a fine team move.
Lisa De Vanna played a one-two with Longo before her shot was spilled by Alfeld, Ayres reacting quickest to tap in and make it 2-0.
Victory made an excellent start to the second half to put the game to bed.
Bunge headed in a Cooney-Cross corner for her second goal of the campaign just three minutes after the break.
Zimmerman, who came off the bench on her return from injury, added a fourth after Cooney-Cross hit the crossbar from distance.
Cooney-Cross scored a deserved goal on the hour-mark, finishing after De Vanna’s cross was pushed away by Alfeld.
And star attacker Cooney-Cross added another with 14 minutes remaining, producing a brilliant finish after being released by Kayla Morrison down the left.
Natalie Martineau hit the post with a late header as Victory recorded an impressive win.
Westfield W-League 2020/21 Round 14
Melbourne Victory 6 (Melina Ayres 21’/35′, Claudia Bunge 48′, Catherine Zimmerman 53′, Kyra Cooney-Cross 60’/76′)
Perth Glory 0
Victory will win the Premier’s Plate if it beats Sydney FC at Cromer Park on Wednesday, March 31.