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MyState Women’s Super League Round 9 Preview

South Hobart vs Launceston United

Date: Saturday June 5

Venue: Darcy Street

Kick-off: 2:15 PM

2021 record
South Hobart: 2-1-4 (sixth in WSL)
Launceston United: 4-0-4 (third in WSL)

Top scorers
South Hobart: Niki Moutsatsos/Pishon Choi (3)
Launceston United: Danielle Gunton (6)

Preview:

Launceston United are in desperate need of a league win, and they will travel to Darcy Street as favourites to win against South Hobart. After emerging as a title contender early in the year Launceston have lost three of their last four games, and they have lost pace with the leaders as a result. A gutsy win on the road in the Statewide Cup semi-finals last week should help their confidence and they will need to carry that momentum into this game. Danielle Gunton has been well held by opposing defences in recent weeks, but her tireless work opens pathways to goal for her teammates and she remains crucial to their chances. That means South Hobart’s midfield will need to work hard to cut off her supply, something they have proven to be capable of doing. While they have struggled to score goals of their own, South have conceded just 12 times this season, the least of any team outside of the top two. Captain Eleni Moutsatsos has marshalled their defensive efforts brilliantly, and goalkeeper Georgia McMullen is building an impressive season for a team in the bottom half of the ladder. Whatever the end result may be, they certainly won’t make things easy for United.

Key player: Jess Robinson, Launceston United

Robinson scored a brace, including the winning goal, in the cup semi-final against Kingborough, and she has earned a reputation as one of the best players in the league. Between she and Gunton, the South Hobart defence might have too much to handle.

 

Taroona FC vs Kingborough Lions

Date: Sunday June 6

Venue: Kelvedon Park

Kick-off: 2:15 PM

2021 record
Taroona FC: 1-0-5 (seventh in WSL)
Kingborough Lions: 2-1-3 (fifth in WSL)

Top scorers
Taroona FC: Hanna Price/Holly Ayton/Eli Cropp/Sacha Rose/Mei Booker (1)
Kingborough Lions: Laura Davis (6)

Preview:

Taroona may only have one win this season, but they could sniff a chance for a second at home and against a Lions side still searching for some consistency. Kelvedon Park is a notoriously tough venue to visit, and the home side would be desperate to bounce back from the 9-0 drubbing they suffered against the Zebras last round. A week off for cup ties couldn’t have come at a better time, and now they will look to rebound into the next phase of the season. The core is still there for them to be a competitive team, with the like of Eli Cropp and Isolina Ottavi among the best in their positions, but they need to find more support to put together more complete performances. The Lions too have bucketloads of talent, with what seems to be a perfect blend of youth and experience. The results haven’t quite come, though, and they are suddenly at risk of completely losing touch with the top three. They should win here, though, and that could be the boost they need to regain some confidence.

Key player: Bronte Gadon, Kingborough Lions

Gadon has been a consistent contributor for the Lions this season, and it feels like she is due for a standout performance soon. That may come here against a Taroona side that shouldn’t be able to cover all of Kingborough’s attacking options.

 

Clarence Zebras vs Olympia Warriors

Date: Sunday June 6

Venue: Wentworth Park

Kick-off: 2:15 PM

2021 record
Clarence Zebras: 5-1-1 (first in WSL)
Olympia Warriors: 4-1-1 (second in WSL)

Top scorers
Clarence Zebras: Allie Berry (7)
Olympia Warriors: Mia Cane (6)

Preview:

They faced off last week in the Statewide Cup, and now the Zebras and the Warriors will do battle once again. It was Olympia that prevailed 1-0 there in a fairly dour affair, but the defending champions will travel to Wentworth Park this time around with hopes of staying in first place. Madi Chambers netted the winner in the cup and is in top form, and she and Mia Cane form one of the most dynamic attacking partnerships in the league. It was that combination that proved to be the difference a week ago, meaning the Zebras will need to find a way to slow them down. Taylor Rand and Selena Steventon held them off for much of the day, but they will need more support from their midfield if that is to be sustainable for a full 90 minutes. Still, the Zebras enter this game undefeated in their last six WSL games, and their home ground advantage could prove to be crucial here.

Key player: Innocent Michael, Olympia Warriors

If Chambers and Cane were the attacking sparks last week, then Michael was the defensive rock. She has excelled in a deeper role this season, and she will be crucial in keeping Clarence’s multitude of attackers quiet once again.