Slice of Cheese

Pirates Edge Launceston City

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At their eighth time of asking, Taroona finally managed to get one over Launceston City, claiming a 2-1 win in their Round 18 Super League clash. Having run them close on numerous occasions, but found themselves unable to get over the line, this time would be different, holding off a late charge from City.

It was a fast start to the game as debutant Sophie Booth took no time to leave her mark in the league, scoring in the very first minute of the game.

The state of the Kelvedon Park pitch made things tough for players and this was never going to be the prettiest of games as a result. There would be no addition to the score before halftime before Booth would make sure it was a debut to remember early in the second stanza.

The 16-year-old chalked up her second goal shortly after the restart to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead and leave them firmly in the box seat to take the points.

City’s hopes were reignited midway through the half when Taroona coughed up an own goal, the ball coming off defender Hanna Manuela to pull the score back to 2-1 and ensure a nervy finish to the game for the hosts.

City pushed hard for the goal that would tie things back up, but the Pirates held them at bay to finally break their City hoodoo.

The win gives Taroona a good chance at claiming a second-place finish as although they still trail by 7 points, that gap could easily be cut. With two games in hand, coupled with City’s form slump and a game for them against Ulverstone, City’s once firm grip on second place, now appears far less secure.

FFT Media and Communications Coordinator, Everton tragic, long form journalism devotee, Andrea Pirlo enthusiast and admirer of the parked bus.