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MyState Women’s Super League Round 21 Preview

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Previews: Dan Thurley

Kingborough Lions vs Devonport Strikers

Date: Saturday September 11

Venue: Clennett’s Lightwood Park

Kick-off: 12:00 PM

2021 Record:
Kingborough Lions:
6-6-5 (fourth in WSL)
Devonport Strikers:
7-2-8 (fifth in WSL)

Top Scorers:
Kingborough Lions:
Laura Davis (17)
Devonport Strikers:
Jazmin White (16)

Preview:

The WSL table will undergo at least one more change in the final round of the season, and the meeting between the Kingborough Lions and the Devonport Strikers will be the final opportunity for these two sides to make their moves.

The Lions currently sit fourth, but the only certainty ahead of their clash with the Devonport Strikers is that they will not end the season there. A win will see them jump into second, a draw will move them into third, while a loss will send them down to fifth. The Lions have been a fun team to watch this season which is apparent when looking at their last five fixtures – two wins and three draws, including multiple eight-goal thrillers, saw them score 16 and concede 12. They face the Strikers at a good time with the visitors struggling in front of goal lately, but previous fixtures between the two suggest this could be a high-scoring affair with 14 goals in two previous meetings.

The Strikers have suffered a gradual dip in form over the last three weeks which culminated in a 2-0 loss to the bottom-placed Taroona FC in their last outing. As a result, the highest possible finish in their debut top-flight season is now a respectable third, but there is only one way to achieve that and it is with a win over the Lions this weekend. The Strikers have always been bit leaky at the back, but the lack of goals is something they have not had to deal with up until now. Jazmin White has scored an impressive 16 goals this year, but only one in her last four games. With Danielle Mitchell the next top scorer with six, the Strikers need White to pack her shooting boots.

Key Player: Jazmin White, Devonport Strikers

It is clear that the Strikers will need to find the net a few times against the free-scoring Lions this weekend, but their main goal threat has been having a tough time of it lately. With that said, the only other time Jazmin White went two games without a goal this year, she ended the streak with a hat-trick. Be prepared for a big game from the Strikers’ star player to see out 2021.

 

Taroona FC vs South Hobart

Date: Saturday September 11

Venue: Kelvedon Park

Kick-off: 2:15 PM

2021 Record:
Taroona FC:
3-3-11 (seventh in WSL)
South Hobart:
3-4-10 (sixth in WSL)

Top Scorers:
Taroona FC:
Eli Cropp (7)
South Hobart:
Pishon Choi (8)

Preview:

While the battle for second-place reaches a crescendo this weekend, Taroona’s late attempt to climb off the bottom of the table is also at an exciting peak ahead of their meeting with South Hobart.

They may be sitting down in seventh, but Taroona are one of the form teams of the competition right now so they will be confident they can earn a win this weekend and leapfrog South Hobart in doing so. They have earned three wins this season, and two of which arrived in their last three outings either side of a 3-0 loss to the champions. Adding to recent form is the fact that the fixture gods have been kind to Taroona by handing them their favourite opponents on home soil – they have earned four points from a possible six in previous meetings with South Hobart following a 3-1 win in round 7 and a 1-1 draw in round 16.

Meanwhile, South Hobart’s recent form does not look good for a side which hopes to stay off the bottom of the table. With three draws and six losses in the last nine games, their last win was a 1-0 triumph over Launceston United back in June. The numbers alone would suggest the deck is stacked against South Hobart this weekend, however football is not played on statistics alone. Sophie Westwood has produced her best form in the last few rounds, and has scored three goals in as many games. If South Hobart can finally put together a game where key players such as Westwood, Bridie Cooling, Ruby Batchelor and Pishon Choi produce the performances they are capable of, then this one could go either way.

Key Player: Pishon Choi, South Hobart

Captain Eleni Moutsatsos has missed the last two games, and in the absence of a leader you need experienced players to shoulder some of the responsibility. Although she is still only 21 years old, Pishon Choi is in her fifth season in the WSL and will play a big part in leading the inexperienced youth around her at a trying time.