Slice of Cheese

Clarence v Zebras (WSL)

Live Blog Coverage From Andrew Cooling, From 4:30pm

 Shots On
 Shots Off

Full Time: Clarence 0-5 Hobart Zebras

87′ GOAL! 5-0! A Berry run draws a defender out, she feeds it to Harris who finished tidily to make it 5-0!

85′ Shot on! A berry header from a corner is straight at the keeper.

79′ Shot on! Berry drives past a defender and fires straight at the keeper.

75′ Game rather going through the motions here now.

64′ SUB- Monique Undy, back in action on for Spandler. And is playing up top.

63′ GOAL! 4-0! Bowden finds spaces in the box and curls into the back of the net perfectly! 

60′ Shot off! Spandler cuts inside and smashes one into the side netting.

58′ Shot off! Bowden scythes through the middle of the park and pulls her shot within inches of the post.

49′ Shot on! A rather tepid shot in the end from Kannegiesser, picked up by Crocker.

46′ Play has resumed, Zebras with a howling hind at their backs this half, going to be hard for Clarence.

Half Time: Clarence 0-3 Zebras

Clarence really missing Dixon at the back today, don’t look nearly as comfortable in defence and all too often Zebras attackers are skipping past them in the area.

44′ Goal! 3-0! Bowden slots it perfectly in the corner. Keeper guessed right but she’s not reaching that.

43′ Penalty! Bowden gets brought down in the box, and it’s s clear spot kick. Didn’t get near the ball.

41′ Shot on! D.K beats two defenders and fires straight at the keeper. Neat mirror image of Spandlers goal but for the shot direction.

34′ Shot on! Johnstone turns and shoots from the top of the box but lacks the power to test Jarvis.

33′ Shot off! Ridler tries for a spectacular goal from range but gets under it and its over the top.

30′ GOAL! 2-0! Spandler! Brilliant goal, beats two defenders cutting into the box on the left hand side, beats them all ends up, sends them to the shops and then smashes it home high into the net leaving the keeper with no chance.

23′ Shot on! Kannegiesser turns nicely into the box before curling one down the throat of Crocker, not sure if it was a a cross or shot, no issues for Clarence’s #1 regardless.

22′ Shot off! A cross is played into the 6 yard box where Spandler gets a foot to it first and dinks Crocker, but its narrowly past the post.

21′ Shot off! A brilliant O’Brien corner presents Berry with a free header but she can’t control the direction and its not close.

20′ Post! Spandler feeds D.K, who rounds the keeper and slides her effort back across the face and into the post, where it bounces off and rolls straight along the line before being cleared.

14′ Shot on! Crocker does well to claw a long range effort out of the corner that Spandler had curled.

10′ GOAL! 1-0 Zebras! Spandler with the finish but that goal is all about the ball from Kannegiesser, she has curled through a perfect through ball to present Spandler with the opening to prod it past the keeper. 

5” Apologies for the delay, had to race over to Wentworth after the Strikers/Warriors game finished later than expected. Nothing happening in terms of scoring yet. Will chase up teams at half time. No Zara Dixon out there though

Welcome to the Dune-geon as Hobart Zebras take on Clarence in Round 16 Super League action. The sides have met twice in the Super League this year with Zebras chalking up two very comfortable wins. Combining the two games, Zebras have had 40 shots to 2 and it was really only down to some Amelia Vanderniet heroics in net that the games ended as close as they did, with Zebras winning 3-0 and 4-0. On the basis of those showings it’s hard to mount a case for Clarence to be the ones to bring an end to this ever growing winning streak of Zebras that has reached 22 games. Clarence can however take heart from the Statewide Cup game that ended 3-1 which was played at Wentworth and was comfortably the closest of their meetings this year, although Zebras were still ultimately too strong. Yet despite the dominance in the 2017 meetings so far, the Zebras have certainly not been clinical in those games so if Clarence could limit the chances, you can see them keeping the Zebras scoring down. Scoring has been a major problem for the Reds though with just 1 goal scored against a top five side this season so whether they can do enough damage at the other end, remains the more unlikely part of the bargain. Zebras should take this one comfortably, though need to avoid having on eye on next week’s potential title decider against Olympia.