Slice of Cheese

Zebras flying high after stunning Warriors

Match report written by Tanner Coad.

The Clarence Zebras have made an emphatic statement in the MyState Women’s Super League, defeating the defending champions, the Olympia Warriors, 6-1 at Wentworth Park. That emphatically reversed the result from just one week ago, when the Warriors knocked them out of the Statewide Cup.

Warriors winger Madi Chambers set up the first goal of the game in the opening minutes for Mia Cane. Chambers worked her way up the left flank to feed in Cane, who calmly tapped a shot past Zebras goalkeeper keeper Shelley Cook for the early lead.

Allie Berry immediately cancelled out that goal in style after getting onto a low cross. A one-two touch in the box gave her space to finesse a shot past Warriors goalkeeper Kacee Ponting. From there the Zebras really began to put the pedal to the metal, with Zoe Nichols and Taylor Rand linking up and causing the Warriors defence all sorts of trouble.

Selina Steventon and Berry worked a great one-two play in the build-up to Clarence’s second goal. Steventon heaved a long ball from the defence to Berry, whose header was flicked on to Caitlin Stalker. She comfortably strolled in, weaving around the defence and slotting home over the goalkeeper’s head.

Stalker completed her brace shortly after, with an assist from Rand and Berry leading her into the penalty area. Stalker was on a tight angle but somehow managed to fire into the bottom left corner for a 3-1 buffer at half-time.

Only two minutes into the second half, Olympia were already defending a set-piece. Rand’s corner delivery sailed over the heads of Kate Ollerhead and her fellow defenders to Berry lying in wait, and she headed home. Rand once again sent in the next assist, finding the head of Louisa Marmion. Although under pressure in the middle, Marmion was able to finish well with her header flying into the net.

Berry completed her hat-trick in the 83rd minute, earning a rousing applause from the home fans and sealing an incredible result for the Zebras. They now sit three points clear on top of the table and will enjoy a week off, while Olympia will prepare for Monday’s Statewide Cup final against Launceston United.