Slice of Cheese

Last Gasp Mamic Seals Cup Victory

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The Olympia Warriors have won the 2019 Summer Cup, after a goal from Josephine Mamic in the final minute of extra time sealed a 1-0 win over the Kingborough Lions.

After dominating much of the play but struggling to find a breakthrough, Bonnie Davies burst forward as the clock ticked into the 110th minute. Her shot sparked a manic scramble in the box that saw two reflex saves and one shot off the post, before Mamic finally poked home the winner from the six-yard box.

The Warriors celebrate the last gasp winner- Solstice Photography

The Lions may consider themselves unlucky in defeat, with a strong penalty shout turned down by the referee in the dying minutes of regulation time. While that decision may linger, it shouldn’t overshadow a game that was much better than the scoreline might suggest.

After a nervy first ten minutes from both sides, Olympia found their footing and had the better of the early chances. Davies and Madison Chambers terrorised the Lions from the wings, but their final delivery into the box didn’t quite match their attacking drive on the ball.

For Kingborough, Laura Davis was lively early but struggled to get involved in the game. After four goals in her last outing, she worked hard but was let down at times by the service from her teammates.

The Lions had periods of the first half where they pinned Olympia back and pressed into the attacking third, but the Warriors defenders fought hard to repel the danger. From those battles at the back came some breathtaking counterattacks from Chambers, as she continually beat her marker down the flanks and threatened the Kingborough goal.

After such a high-tempo first half, both teams struggled with fatigue after the break but continued to trade blows. Early attacks from Chambers and Davis were punctuated by injury scares to Zoe Horgan and Innocent Michael, although both players continued after receiving treatment.

The pre-season conditioning of both sides was sorely tested, as cramps took hold across the field and players began to slow. Despite this, the big guns continued to fire and created some of the game’s best chances late.

The most controversial of these came in the 85th minute, when a Davis cross appeared to hit the hand of Innocent Michael in the box. Replays confirmed that there was contact, but the referee elected not to award a penalty.

Just minutes later and as time ran down, Chambers created a trio of chances with her hard running down the left. The last of them saw a deflected cross almost sneak past Lions goalkeeper Olivia Gardner at the near post, but she recovered for a brilliant save that saw the game go into extra time.

With both sides dead on their feet, the two ten-minute periods flew by with little threat on either goal. The game seemed destined to be decided from the penalty spot until its final minute, when two outstanding reflex saves from Gardner weren’t enough to deny Mamic and the Warriors a stunning victory.

Madison Chambers was the best player on the park for most of the day, while Bonnie Davies was dangerous throughout and Innocent Michael was a rock in the midfield. While Olympia walk away with the silverware, both sides look to be in good shape for the upcoming Women’s Super League season.

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