Slice of Cheese

Ulverstone Put One Hand On The Trophy

Ulverstone put one hand on the PFD Women’s Super League trophy as they marched into Buckby Landrover Park and smashed Launceston City 4-0. Braces from Lucy Reimer and Jazmin Gorrie secured a comfortable win that sent them 12 points clear on top with 8 rounds remaining. It took their winning streak to 13 straight league wins and was never in doubt, as they raced to a 3-0 lead inside of 20 minutes.

City came into this match with an unfamiliar feeling of being the underdogs. With Ulverstone winning all of their first twelve games of the season, including a 6-3 victory over City in round 6. City have slipped up several times this season, notably last week away to South Hobart. Without Bygrave and Savill playing in midfield, City would be up against it against the league leaders.

Only managing four shots for the game, City were having trouble getting the ball into attacking positions. Their early game plan consisted of creating chances through counter attacks. This seemed promising, as even though Ulverstone were controlling the ball, if City could find an outlet through Fagan, Shegog, or Hernyk, they may be able to get one on the scoreboard. However, adequate service was scarce, as none of the strikers were presented with anything to work with. Luigi Gugliotti made the decision at halftime to move Fagan into the midfield, which had the potential to create more chances for City, but none that were able to get City the breakthrough.

It was two goals each for Gorrie and Reimer that made the difference and sent Ulverstone 12 points clear at the top, surely sealing them the 2018 title. Reimer scored two in the space of 3 minutes. The first of which came when she guided the ball past the City defenders and into the net. Ulverstone had won the corner and after some very questionable marking from the City women, she was left with acres of space to confidently put it in the back of the net.

Just several minutes later she latched onto a through ball from Gorrie and beat Dewsbury one-on-one at her near post. Gorrie added two goals to her existing two assists with a goal in each half. A neatly placed penalty and a shot to the far post in the dying embers of the game rounded out an incredible performance for the league’s leading goal scorer.

All City can do now is continue to put points on the board and hope for a miracle as Ulverstone have a convincing lead at the top of the table. Ulverstone host Kingborough next week, a team they lost to in the Statewide Cup and will be looking to make amends for that result. City have a tough match against third-placed Hobart Zebras.