Slice of Cheese

Davis Routs Zebras: Sends Lions To Decider

Solstice Photography

Four goals from Laura Davis including a first half hattrick has sent the Kingborough Lions into the Summer Cup final for 2019. The young star scored all four of her sides goals in a 4-2 win over the Hobart Zebras in an entertaining game under lights at Lightwood Park. Trailing 3-0 at the break, Lily Hulton scored twice against her former side in the second half to spark a Zebras fightback, but Davis’s fourth and most spectacular of the evening was enough to seal the deal and book their spot in Saturday’s cup final against the Warriors.

The opening fifteen minutes was a tight affair, with both sides enjoying promising moments but not translating it into a clear cut chance. The first clear cut chance came via the penalty spot when De Smit was fouled in the area, allowing Davis to step up and stroke home the opening goal.

Laura Davis was unstoppable- Solstice Photography

Eve Fulton almost responded immediately when she picked out Gardner with her shot, as the game flowed nicely from end to end and both sides pushed hard for the next goal.

It was Davis who again delivered on 35 minutes, the prodigious attacker afforded far too much room in the penalty area by the Zebras defence and she duly punished them, doubling the lead.

The goal inspired the Lions and seemingly rattled the Zebras, as they pressed hard for a third goal before the break with some quality link up play in attack. Shelley Cook made two huge saves but there was no denying Davis when Tatton skipped past a defender, walked the byline and then put one on a platter for her to tap home from close range.

It made it 3-0 at half time and it sure seemed liked that the game was over with the Lions producing some scintillating football in what surely must go down as 45 of the best minutes of football this playing group has produced.

Whilst Davis stole the show in attack with fine support from Emile Tatton, the play of Amy Ollington down the right hand side also caught the eye and she marked herself as a player to watch this year. The 15 year old constantly drove at the defence and played with a confidence and flair that belied her years.

But on the hour mark, Lily Hulton threatened to turn the game on its head when she struck a double in quick succession. Her two well placed strikes caught out the substitute keeper Mackintosh and pulled it back to 3-2 with 30 minutes left to play and momentum having swung drastically.

Hulton celebrates- Solstice Photography

In the past this may have been where the Lions would have wilted, they have had trouble running out games over the past couple of seasons. But whether it’s a result of the young sides continued development, or the leadership and steel the likes of Zoe Horgan and Hanna Manuela have brought, this time they would not yield.

Again it was Davis, this time skipping around 3 defenders into the six yard box before seemingly being stopped. But the challenge to dispossess her saw the ball pop up in the air and it was Davis who reacted fastest and poked home from close range to steady the ship.

Zebras could have ensured a nervy finish when they won a penalty in the 77th minute, but Burt directed her spot kick wide of the mark and the gap remained at two goals.

It ended 4-2 and the Lions advanced to their second Cup final in the past 12 months, having made last seasons Statewide Cup Final, where they fell to Taroona. This time they will take on the Olympia Warriors on Saturday, 3:00pm at KGV.

Ollington impressed at right back- Solstice Photography