Melbourne Victory produced a strong second half but saw its Westfield W-League finals chances ended after a 2-1 loss to Sydney FC.
Goals from Taylor Ray and Chloe Logarzo in the opening half-hour at AAMI Park on Friday gave Sydney control.
However, Victory dominated the second half, pulling a goal back through Lia Privitelli.
But the host – which had Gulcan Koca play a record-equalling 65th game for the club – was unable to find another, its slim finals chances ended with a round to play in the regular season.
Sydney opened the scoring early, a deflected strike from Ray from inside the area beating Bethany Mason-Jones.
Victory slowly built into the clash and almost levelled in the 27th minute.
Excellent work down the left from Natasha Dowie led to a chance for Privitelli, who fired over from inside the area.
The Sky Blues doubled their lead on the half-hour mark as Logarzo picked out the top corner from the edge of the area.
The lively Dowie continued to threaten, Aubrey Bledsoe making a superb diving save to deny the Victory captain.
Victory made a strong start to the second half before eventually being rewarded.
Privitelli rose unmarked in the area to head home an Angela Beard corner and drag Victory back into the game.
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Victory continued to look the more likely in the second half, with Jeon Ga-eul particularly dangerous, but it was unable to find an equaliser.
Westfield W-League 2017/18 Round 13
Melbourne Victory 1 (Lia Privitelli 49′)
Sydney FC 2 (Taylor Ray 4′, Chloe Logarzo 30′)