Slice of Cheese

City Strike Early Then Hold On To Down Zebras

An early goal from Emily Hernyk was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Launceston City over Hobart Zebras. Despite the Zebras dominating possession and creating the bulk of the chances as the game wore on, a lack of quality in the final third came back to haunt them as they simply couldn’t find the goal to get level.

The first 10 minutes had City jumping their 2017 nemesis and but for some poor finishing, they would have taken the lead. Hernyk was denied by a good save from Ponting and the offside flag denied another chance.

But City would not be deterred and having gotten in behind the lines multiple times already, the pressure finally told.

Kayla Mason had seemingly won the ball away, with her despairing lunge to dispossess Emily Hernyk, but in the act of sliding for the ball, she didn’t knock it away and it lay sitting there for Hernyk to recover and fire it home. It gave City a deserved 1-0 lead and it represented their best period of the game.

The Zebras were seemingly jarred into life by that goal and started to create some chances, although it wasn’t till the second half that they really dominated the match. The outstanding Brooke Hernyk was a rock in defence for City and ensured they dealt with most of what was thrown at them confidently.

Caitlin Roberts, who had a classy game in midfield looked like a player to drive the fightback, but she lacked support in the final third.

So often the Zebras would move the ball nicely into a dangerous position only to kill the attack with an overhit cross or misplaced pass, gone was the lethal efficiency that was their MO in 2017. That’s why unlike in 2017, they would fall again to Launceston City, losing for the second time in their clashes this season.

This was certainly a much better effort than that day at KGV and Zebras can probably feel aggrieved not to have taken anything away from it, but City took their chance early, then held out in a resilient manner for the rest of the 90.

FFT Media and Communications Coordinator, Everton tragic, long form journalism devotee, Andrea Pirlo enthusiast and admirer of the parked bus.