Slice of Cheese

Olympia Warriors v Hobart Zebras

 

 Olympia
 Vs
 Zebras
 1
 Goals
 5
 3
 Shots On
 6
 3
 Shots Off
 4
 2
 Fouls
 3
 0
 Cheese
 0
 0
 Red
 0
 1
 Offsides
 0
 0
 Corners
 1

Full Time: Olympia 1-5 Hobart Zebras

77′ GOAL! Bowden with a powerful drive from range, stunning shot curls inside the post and makes it 5-1!

69′ Penalty! Handball against Undy. And wide! Johnson spurns the spot kick wide of the right hand post!

67′ GOAL! And the Zebras respond immediately! A corner to the back post finds Berry who volleys home.

65′ GOAL! Lucy Johnson buries a penalty after winning it herself when she was fouled by Mason in the box. 3-1!

61′ GOAL! 3-0 Zebras! Allie Berry pounces on a misccomunication between Blackman and Johnston, gets a foot in and volleys it home. That could be the ball game.

Half Time- 2-0 Zebras. The Hobart Zebras forward press has caused a number of issues for the Warriors and they jumped them out of the blocks, racing to a 2-0 lead. The Warriors tried to find their way back into the game but the final ball into the area has not been good enough.

21′ GOAL 2-0 Zebras, A raking pass from Burt releases Bowden in the box who controls and scores.

15′ All Zebras here so far, they are boxing the Warriors in and causing them plenty of problems as they try to play it out from the back.

5′ GOAL 1-0! Zebras, Zoe Nichols bulldozes past two Warriors defenders before placing it home under Johnston, they had all the play early and have made it count.

Olympia- Johnston, Roberts, Blackman Ryan, Lulitanond, Leszczynski, Bomford, Michael, Crawford, Craw, Davies, Johnson,

Zebras- Jarvis, Gee, Undy, Mason, Hay, Burt, Bowden, O’Brien, Berry, Kanniegiesser, Nichols

A huge game at Warrior Park as traditional rivals Olympia and Hobart Zebras are set to go head to head with each other in a game that sees the two early title favourites clashing. Zebras victory over Taroona last week saw them continue their dominant start to 2017 as they backed up a Summer Cup crown with a perfect 2/2 start to the season. They are yet to play the Warriors though and it’s the Warriors who remain the top dogs of Women’s football in Tasmania. For now the Zebras are just the latest challengers lining up to take their shot at the champs.

Olympia have firepower no other side does and they will represent a tremendous challenge for the Zebras defensive unit. Whichever pair of Undy/Mason or Nellis line up in the heart of defence will have their work cut out trying to negate the impact of Lucy Johnson who scored as good of a hat-trick as you will ever see last week. Throw in Davies, Bomford, Crawford and Craw and you have a litany of attackers who are all capable of goals. In midfield curbing Inocent Michael’s dominance will be a key task but it is in midfield that Zebras greatest strength lies and if they are to cause the upset here, it will likely come through getting on top in the middle of the park. Mady O’Brien was a stand out against Taroona but for the first time in their three meetings Adelyn Ayton got on top of them, so a return of Kayla Mason into the shielding role she so excelled in previously could be on the cards to add some steel in there.

It’s easy to buy into the line of thinking that the Zebras improvement will see them capable of turning the tables and winning the title this year. But you can’t underestimate just how far ahead of the rest the Warriors were last season. Has that gap been closed? Certainly, but just how much by, we are about to find out.