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Women’s Summer Cup Week 2 Review:

The second week of the Women’s Summer Cup has seen the Olympia Warriors all but book their ticket through to the final, where they will meet the winner of next week’s Hobart Zebras v Kingborough game after they both made it 2 from 2 to start the year.

The Warriors were in imperious touch as they dismantled South Hobart on Friday night, winning 8-1. Josephine Mamic was the star of the show, scoring four times, as her side flew out to a 3-0 lead inside of 15 minutes to have the contest all but settled. After Russel had opened the scoring following a storming run from Madison Chambers, Mamic grabbed the second and third goals, with Olivia Bomford setting one up with a sumptuous through ball. Kimberley Cure then made it 4-0 after Innocent Michael had beaten 4 defenders in the lead up and a thumping header from Madeline Black made it 5-0 at the break. The procession then continued into the second half as Mamic scored twice more either side of a nice finish from Niki Moutsatsos who pulled one back for South with a tidy finish. Madison Chambers got a deserved goal in the 70th minute to make it 8-1 and that is how the game would end, Olympia all but booking their place in the decider and stamping themselves as one of the WSL favourites in the process.

In the final they could potentially meet Kingborough, who dominated possession against Clarence, but toiled in trying to convert their dominance into goals. The Lions looked very well organised and moved the ball around the pitch nicely, but continued to break down in the box, unable to finish their promising moves. Amelia Vanderniet was kept busy in net and made some strong first half saves, but some gilt edge chances went begging. Twice Laura Davis came close before eventually heading home from a Zoe Horgan corner in the final minute of the half to give her side the deserved lead. After Ollington and De Smit came close, it was Davis who was on target again to double that advantage early in the second half. The Lions well feel they could have added to that lead in the second half, but some quality keeping from Vanderniet denied them, including a penalty save on Horgan.

That win sets up a showdown with the Hobart Zebras next Saturday at Lightwood Park, after the Zebras eventually overcame Ulverstone 2-1 to join the Lions on 6 points after 2 games. Despite fielding just 10 players, Ulverstone gave a good account of themselves and pushed the Zebras in an arm wrestle of a first half. Both sides had chances they couldn’t tuck away before the Zebras broke through via Georgia Burt. In one of  the more chaotic goals you will ever see, the ball was blocked three times on the line, before the fourth attempt saw Burt sliding it home. It was nearly cancelled out instantly by Jazmin Gorrie if not for some scrambling defence by Mason to clear it away. Early in the second half, Lily Hulton should have made it 2-0, but under hit her shot and in a scorching counter, Ulverstone quickly rebounded, sprung Gorrie in behind and it was suddenly 1-1. Both sides looked capable of winning it, but it was Danielle Kannegiesser who proved the match winner, timing her run to perfection on halfway as she waltzed in on goal and emphatically picked out the top corner to secure the 2-1 win.

In the other game taking place on Friday night, Beachside downed Championship rivals Taroona in a penalty shootout to claim the extra bonus point on offer, after the sides were locked at 1-1 following 90 minutes of regulation time. The Pirates went into half time with a 1-0 lead thanks to Hannah Parish, but Nina Daniels cancelled it out in the second half as the plucky Beachside outfit frustrated Taroona with some good defending under pressure. Taroona knocked on the door but couldn’t find a way through, leading to the penalty shootout. It was Beachside who held their nerve, as Taroona went down the middle too often, and had 3 penalties saved, the final score in the shootout 3-1 to Beachside.

Final Scores

Group A

Kingborough 2-0 Clarence

Hobart Zebras 2-1 Ulverstone

Group B

Olympia 8-1 South Hobart

Taroona 1-1 Beachside (Beachside win 3-1 on penalties)