Slice of Cheese

Stoppage time Corner seals it for Zebras

Clarence Zebras are proving to be difficult prey to catch after they sealed a stoppage-time win at the Lion’s Den in the MyState Bank Women’s Super League.

A blustery day at Lightwood Park for the Safari Derby saw most of the action in the first half of the game. 

An equal start to this round 12 clash, where aggressive defending by Kingborough’s Brontë Gadon throughout the game was key. Gadon denied current golden boot contender Allie Berry on a number of occasions allowing her little chance to break through, while at the other end of the park it was Steventon holding off Danielle Kannegeisser and Laura Davis.

Gadon was key in midfield. Picture: Solstice Digital

The deadlock was broken in the 28th Minute as Zoe Nicols saw an opportunity when a stray ball into the box by Kannegiessr nearly ended in an own goal. The ball was pushed out by surprised keeper Macintosh into a waiting Nichols who rarely misses an opportunity to strike. 1-0 to Clarence Zebras.

Lions denied the Zebra’s push through the first half with another near miss by Nichols, striking the post and rebounding into the hands of Macintosh who was kept busy in the first half by the Zebras attackers.

It was Nicols again in the 37th minute, who bulldozed through the Lions’ defense with a bold strike to make it 2-0 to Clarence Zebras. The Zebras attack ensued, with chance after chance denied by the heroic efforts of Macintosh in goal.

Nichols with her brace for Zebras. Picture: Solstice Digital

It was in the 44th minute that the Lions finally bit back and found their goals in the form of a perfectly placed ball by Holly Bonnertz-Benn which met the forehead of her twin Kate, who headed it past an unsuspecting Cook to make it 1-2.  Just a minute later, Taylor Rand denied the approaching Kate again, but not enough to stop her from crossing a ball in towards the goal, and a foiled attempted clearance by Sophie Fone, who accidentally knocked the ball into the top of the net. The goal on the team sheet was attributed to Bonnertz Benn.

Both teams had plenty to discuss as they headed into the changing rooms on equal footing.

Half time:

Kingborough Lions 2 (K. Bonnertz-Benn ’44, ’45) – Clarence Zebras 2 (Nichols ’28, ’37)

As the weather conditions worsened throughout the second half, the deadlock remained with defensive work by Kingbrough, denying Berry and Nichols again. The possession remained with the Zebras for the majority of the second half as the Lions struggled to break through. 

Gadon was again key for Kingborough in preventing chances. Her battle from beginning to end with the Zebras attack was a standout in the game and Lions found their pace as a downpour took hold at Lightwood Park. Cook was put under pressure by Davis and Gadon herself who were denied shots on goal.

It looked to be all over with a point on either side, but a 92nd-minute corner, accurately taken by Mady O’Brien, landed at the head of Marmion, whose ariel efforts hit the ball over the keeper and the rest of the Kingborough defense, claiming a 2-3 victory for Clarence Zebras who now sit 8 points clear atop of the WSL ladder.

Marmion’s Strike sealed the deal. Picture: Solstice Digital

Full time:

Kingborough Lions 2 (K. Bonnertz-Benn ’44, ’45) – Clarence Zebras 3 (Nichols ’28, ’37, ) Marmion (’92)

In other games:

Olympia Warriors defeated Devonport Strikers by 2-0 at Warrior park with one of the goals from youngster Meggie Goscombe, who in a strange twist started the game in goal after Kacee Poniting arrived later due to another commitment. After a quick change, Goscombe then went on to score the first goal for the Warriors after a formidable run and almost telepathic communication and awareness by emerging WSL player Ella McConnon.


Take a bow, Meggie and Ella!

Video courtesy of FTTV


Launceston United defeated Taroona 2-0

South Hobart – Bye

Southern Championship Women
Glenorchy 1-2 South Hobart, Full-Time @ KGV
Kingborough vs Clarence Zebras, 12:00 PM @ Lightwood Park
Olympia vs Newtown, 12:30 PM @ Warrior Park
University 7-0 Taroona, Full-Time @ Olinda Grove
Northern Championship Women
Launceston United vs Somerset, 11:00 AM @ WMPS Park
Ulverstone 7-1 Burnie United, Full-Time @ Ulverstone
Riverside vs Launceston City, 2:00 PM @ Windsor Park
Northern Rangers 8-0 Devonport, Full-Time @ NTCA