Slice of Cheese

Hobart Zebras v Olympia (WSL)

 Shots On
 Shots Off

FULL TIME: Hobart Zebras 3-1 Olympia Warriors!

A huge victory for the Zebras, they take a massive step towards the title with a victory tonight!

82′ Shot off! Johnson with a long range free kick that is well over the bar.

78′ Johnston out at the top of her box to deny Morris who almost got in behind for a prime chance.

76′ GOAL! 3-1 ZEBRAS! Berry gives them a 2 goal buffer, long ball over the top is taken wide by Nichols who squares for Berry who skips past Craw and buries it. 

66′ Shot off! Inches away from 2-2 as Ishida tears off in behind, races into the box and finesses one just wide of the post.

65′ SUB-Blackman has injured a calf or foot and is replaced by Bomford.

56′ Kannegiesser robs Roberts of the ball on the right and sends a teasing cross in that just eludes Spandler.

50′ Shot off! Blackman has a shy from range but its an easy save for Cook.

46′ Shot off! Davies pounces on a ball in the box and flashes just past the post.

46′ Back underway in the second half

HALF TIME: Hobart Zebras 2-1 Olympia Warriors

42′ Shot on! Davies picks it up outside the box and curls one from range but Cook saves comfortably.

34′ Slice of Cheese! Tanaka into the book for a sliding challenge on Berry that she couldn’t quite hook her leg onto the ball.

29′ GOAL! 2-1! Zebras lead, O’Brien chips a free kick over Johnston and into the top corner, Zebras have turned it around.

23′ GOAL! 1-1! Bowden slots the penalty expertly into the bottom corner!

22′ Penalty! The Warriors have got themselves into all sorts of trouble playing out from the back in this game and now it costs them, Cavaretta undercooked a pass to Johnston who was beaten to the ball by Nichols and she gets hooked down by the legs of the keeper!

13′ Shot off! Michael pulls an effort just wide after linking up with Ishida at the top of the box and surged into the penalty area.

11′ Cleared off the line, a dangerous corner is nearly converted by Ishida but O’Brien clears it away.

10′ GOAL! 1-0! A sublime free kick from Johson, curling it over the wall and into the bottom corner from 30 yards out! Stunner!

5′ Shot on! A long range free kick from Ishida is collected by Cook.

3′ Shot blocked, a Davies cross is met by a Johnson volley but her shot is blocked by Mason.

1′ Kick off! Underway

Welcome to a cold and rainy KGV for a Friday night blockbuster between Olympia and Hobart Zebras. These sides have dominated the league this year, their combined record from games against the rest of the competition reads, 20 games, 20 wins, 107 goals for and just 18 goals against. The only blemish from either side is from the Warriors when they fell 5-1 to Zebras all the way back in round 3. It was a statement victory for Zebras, they helped smash that aura of invincibility that Olympia had built up throughout 2016 with a brilliant display against what was uncharacteristically sluggish Warriors side. They pressed them furiously and their physicality seemingly unnerved the Warriors, taking away their ability to play out from the back. On the wider expanses of KGV that might prove a tougher strategy to execute this time around, but Zebras must attack this game with that same intent they displayed back in round 3. To their credit Olympia have not missed a beat since then and reeled off 8 consecutive league wins to keep up the pressure on Zebras and if they were to turn things around and win they would go top due to their superior goal difference. Conversely should Zebras repeat their triumph they could extend the gap at the top to 6 points and put themselves in the box seat to take out the title. There is so much at stake in this one, given the respective form both these sides have shown in 2017, neither can rely on other sides taking points from their main title rival, they must do it themselves and on Friday night they get that chance.

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