19/04/2024

City players celebrate a goal in their semi-final win over Macarthur. Photo: Melbourne City-Twitter

Melbourne City had players win accolades at the annual Dolan Warren Awards with five players selected in the Team of the Year.

The A-League awards were completed on Wednesday night and Melbourne City had a great night collectively.

After a superb season in which they swept all before them to claim the premier’s plate with three games to spare, City are now into their second consecutive grand final.

From its 26 games, Melbourne City won 15 and lost seven, boasting arguably the best attack in the league as City found the back of the net 57 times.

It finished 12 clear of the next best and its defence was the fourth-best in the league which shows how well-rounded this side is.

In his first year as City’s manager, former player Patrick Kisnorbo led City to the premiers plate. Last night, Kisnorbo won the A-League Coach of the Year award and was also named coach of the Team of the Year.

He will be hoping to add a Grand Final win on Sunday to his list of accolades this season. After a truly magnificent season, as expected City featured heavily in the awards last night.

Teagan Micah won the W-League’s Goalkeeper of the Year for City. She started eight games, keeping one clean sheet. She also had a remarkable 64.7 per cent save rate as City finished the year in seventh.

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To cap its night off, Melbourne City had a remarkable five players selected in the A-League Team of the Year. Jamie Maclaren with his 25 league goals as he ran away with the Golden Boot.

Maclaren also had five assists to his name along with 22 key passes and averaged a goal every 82 minutes which is an incredible strike rate.

Craig Noone (five goals and eight assists) and youngster Connor Metcalfe (five goals, three assists and 25 key passes with an 85 per cent pass rate) were also selected.

City also had two defenders selected. Scott Jamieson who scored two goals, provided one assist, 14 key passes, and had an 83.9 per cent pass rate. Curtis Good was also included in the Team of the Year.

Good scored and assisted once this year however his true value was at the back. The defender had a tackle success rate of 83.3 per cent and had a passing success of 86.7 per cent.

It was a good night for City overall. It is a credit to the organisation as a whole and winning the Grand Final on Sunday would cap off what has been a truly superb year for Melbourne City.

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