Slice of Cheese

Hulton Haunts Lions Again

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A fighting effort from Kingborough wasn’t enough to stop a Lily Hulton lead Taroona from stealing the show, and all three points. After going down two goals early, the Lions clawed their way back into the match to bring the game level at 3-3. Then Lily Hulton’s made herself the hero as she slotted her third goal of the night to secure the 4-3 victory, as she once again returned to haunt her former side. 

Out of the gates, each sides intent was clearly to attack, moving the ball efficiently from the backline to their attack. The Lions looked to expose the space down the flanks, while Taroona were happy to dictate play from the middle and spread play once hitting the final third.

It was Taroona drew first blood as in the 12th minute, Hulton got her first of the night. Persia Blackwood-Coyle was released down the left flank, and she was able to cross the ball into Hulton’s path, who was waiting around the 6-yard box and took the opportunity from point-blank range.

A goal down, the Lions looked to wrestle some momentum back, especially with a couple runs down the left flank to the byline by Samantha Watkins. However, with play still open, Taroona were looking efficient off the counter. The Pirates found success again in the 23rd minute. This time, Lisa Bremner sent in a cross deep from midfield towards the danger area in the box. With players scrambling and Hulton sniffing around, Olivia Gardner and Isabelle Dadswell were unable to deal with the ball, instead, the ball wound up in the back of the net, with it looking like Dadswell had the final touch.

Two goals ahead, Taroona had the momentum but the Lion’s defence worked hard to contain them. Despite the Pirates being the side on the search for more goals, the sheer determination of the Lions struck the ignition to spark their fight back. An efficient throw-in found Leila Hickman in space 25 yards out. Not afraid to take the shot on, Hickman struck the ball sweetly, finding the top corner in the 37th minute.

Having halved the deficit to 2-1, the Lions were back into the game, with play opening up and both sides flying into attack. No more goals were to be had in the half though, despite some risky play by the Taroona back line and a chance for the Pirates fired straight at the keeper. 

The beginning of the second half saw Taroona get off on the right foot. With an incentive to extend their lead, Taroona looked to capitalise. However, their shooting was wayward, with shots going off target, or within comfortable collection range of the Lions goalkeeper meaning the Pirates were unable to extend their lead. Rather it was the Lions who found their scoring boots. After already looking dangerous off earlier counterattacks, in the 57th minute the Lions found the equaliser. Venturing forward with three attackers quickly, after the ball was released early by the Lions from defence, Emille Tatton was the one to strike, having the composure to tuck the chance away.

Five minutes later, Taroona responded in kind, as Bremner turned on the jets down the right flank, switched the ball to a waiting Hulton, who sent it home into the back of the net for Taroona to regain the lead. Not content to be a goal down so soon, the Lions found a quick reply of their own. Grace Furness squaring the game at 3-3, as the ball was cut back to her and seeing the goalkeeper off her line, she launched a chipped shot that flew over the keeper’s head and once again the sides were tied.

With the pressure building and the game up for grabs, it was Lily Hulton who was to complete her hattrick and have the final say for the night. In the 73rd minute, Hulton demonstrated her  knack for being in the right place at the right time inside the penalty box, as she again found herself on the receiving end of a ball crossed in the box. Having caused problems all night for the Lions defence, Hulton again found the composure needed to score another.

Both sides continued to attack as the game ticked to its conclusion, however some half chances and heavy challenges meant there were to be no more goals on the night. Taroona running out 4-3 winners on a cold night at KGV. 

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