Liberty A-League Round 22 Recap: City clinch Premiership as Jets soar

Dub Zone Episode: Join Niav Owens, Grace Gill, and Teo Pellizzeri with Special Guest Kyah Simon

Niav Owens, Grace Gill, and Teo Pellizzeri welcomed Central Coast Mariners star Kyah Simon as a special guest on this week’s episode of Dub Zone. Round 22 of the Liberty A-League saw Melbourne City secure the Premier’s Plate in a thrilling final round, with the Jets also sending a strong message to their rivals.

Melbourne City claimed the Premiers title for the 2023-24 Liberty A-League season by defeating Perth Glory 2-1 on the final day, overtaking Sydney FC. Goals from Rhianna Pollicina and Shelby McMahon sealed the victory, emphasizing City’s defensive resilience, having conceded only two goals since January.

With a three-week rest period ahead due to their Premiers status, City now prepares for the finals series. Meanwhile, the Jets’ emphatic 8-0 win over Adelaide secured their spot in the finals, showcasing their depth in goal scorers and defensive prowess.

After securing a 4-0 win over Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory charged into the Finals Series. Head coach Jeff Hopkins’ tactical adjustments, including deploying Emily Gielnik in a central role, proved successful against the Sky Blues. Despite recent losses, Sydney FC aims to regroup before the next stage.

Central Coast Mariners returned to the Liberty A-League after 14 years and secured a spot in the Finals Series. Kyah Simon highlighted the team’s work ethic and willingness to learn and improve, driven by a cohesive and ego-free environment. Simon’s return to form after an injury setback has bolstered the Mariners’ confidence for the upcoming finals.

Simon’s decision to return to the Mariners from Tottenham Hotspur has brought her a sense of fulfillment and appreciation for the important things in life. The fresh mindset and support system have rejuvenated her outlook as she leads the team into the finals.

Denis Hardin

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