Slice of Cheese

Harrison Shines Again As Clarence Hold Zebras

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Clarence United continued their uptick in form, this time taking a point from the Hobart Zebras at KGV. Lucy Johnson seemed to have the Zebras on track for victory when she struck shortly before half time but Canadian star Melissa Harrison cancelled that out midway through the second half to ensure a share of the spoils.

The Zebras will feel they should have put this one to bed in the first half. They had enough chances to build a solid lead but found themselves unable to convert and too often good chances went to waste. Unlike other games against Clarence in the past 18 months where they have gotten away with not converting at a particularly good rate, due to the sheer number of scoring chances created, against an improved version of the Reds, this would not be the case.

Lucy Johnson grabbed the lone goal of the first half when she received the ball from a throw in an advanced area. Taking the ball towards the goal on the angle, she then deftly chipped the advancing Vanderniet with a deft finish to put the Zebras ahead at half time.

The second half saw the Zebras on top early but unable to add to their lead and they were made to pay by Melissa Harrison just after the hour mark. Sneaking between two defenders, she fired a volley on the turn in the box that left Ponting no chance and squared the game up.

She threatened to win the game at the end as she came close to finding a second late that would have led her side to a fourth consecutive win. It never came though and both sides had to leave content with a point.

However long Harrison’s stay in Tasmania is, she has certainly made her mark. Her cameo may well be enough to save Clarence’s season at any rate, a month ago they appeared to be headed for relegation. They now sit four points clear of last and are unbeaten in four games, a large part of that down to the Canadian.


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