Football Ferns taste success in Aussie final

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 11:17 28/01/2013
Annalie Longo
W-LEAGUE WINNER: Annalie Longo in action for NZ at the London Olympics. Longo has won Australia's W-League title with Sydney FC.

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Football Ferns midfielder Annalie Longo played a key role as Sydney FC won the W-League with a 3-1 grand final win over Melbourne Victory.

Longo logged 93 minutes in central midfield before being substituted with just seconds remaining in stoppgae time at AAMI Park in Melbourne yesterday as the Sky Blues, with an average age of just 19, became the first team to win the W-League from fourth place on the back of three consecutive away victories.

Sydney FC defeated Western Sydney 3-2 in the final match of the regular season away from home, travelled to Queensland to win their semifinal 3-2 against Brisbane Roar and then conquered Melbourne Victory to be crowned champions.

Longo, who played a more prominent role as the league season unfolded, was one of three Kiwis involved in Sydney's campaign, the others being defender Hannah Bromley and striker Emma Kete, who was sent off in the semifinal win which meant she was suspended for yesterday's final.

It is Kete's second successive W-League title after being a member of last year's title-winning Canberra United team.

Ferns defender Rebekah Stott played the entire match yesterday for the Victory.

-Fairfax NZ

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