Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Zebras women score 4 goals in each half to overrun Clarence in Super League contest

Photo:  Clarence's Jessica Downham tackles Zebras' Lily Hulton [PlessPix]

(Women’s Super League, Wentworth Park, Wednesday, 26 June 2019)

Clarence United 0
Hobart Zebras 8 (Berry 6, 86, Nichols 7, 16, Hulton 23, 60, Kannegiesser 66, Burt 72)

HT:  0-4   Ref:  E Rosenzweig

Clarence United:  Vanderniet;  Dixon, Downham, Grzinic, Holmes, Lawler, MacKay, Maundrill, O’Brien, Clark, Kearney  (Subs:  Eaton, Kregor, Sims, Breganti)

Hobart Zebras:  Ponting;  Berry, Burt, Delaney, Ferrier, Hulton, Kannegiesser, Mason, Nichols, Rand, Steventon  (Subs:  Cook, Gill, Leon)

Photo:  Clarence keeper Amelia Vanderniet blocks at the feet of Zebras' Zoe Nichols [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras scored four goals in each half to down Clarence United 8-0 at Wentworth Park tonight in a game that had been postponed earlier in the season.

The sides will meet again in a league match at KGV Park on Saturday.

Zebras’ Allie Berry opened and finished the scoring in a fine display of goalscoring.

Zoe Nichols and Lily Hulton also scored a brace apiece, while Danielle Kannegiesser netted once.

Nichols proved a handful for the Clarence defenders as her speed, ball control, trickery and aggressive play wore them down.

Hulton was unselfish in her play.  She might have grabbed a hat-trick but often chose to pass to a team-mate rather than shoot.  Her pace down the flanks was devastating and Clarence had no answer to her marauding runs.

Photo:  Zebras' Allie Berry works hard to tee up  a shot [PlessPix]

Both halves were played mainly in the Clarence half of the field and the home team never tested the Zebras keeper.  Zebras’ first-choice keeper, Shelley Cook, was on the bench.

Zebras had more than a dozen corners and Clarence were under continual pressure throughout the match.

Nichols cut the ball back from the right for Berry to score after just 6 minutes.

Nichols hit the second a minute later after a pass from Hulton on the left, while Nichols was somewhat fortunate to get her second, which took the score to 3-0, in the 16th minute.  Her shot was mishandled by Clarence goalkeeper Amelia Vanderniet, who allowed the ball to slip under her body and roll slowly over the line as she desperately tried to recover.

Photo:  Clarence's Zara Dixon (left) slices an attempted clearance against the base of the post [PlessPix]

Clarence were lucky not to concede an own-goal when Zara Dixon’s attempted clearance sliced off her boot and came back into play off the base of the right-hand post.

Hulton made it 4-0 midway through the opening half with a superb chip from wide on the right that nestled in the far top corner of the net.  Danielle Kannegiesser had paved the way for the goal when she switched the ball from the middle to wide on the right for the advancing Hulton to run onto.

Hulton and Kannegiesser rifled home excellent goals within minutes of each other early in the second half to make it 6-0, while Clarence were dealt a blow when Caitlyn Maundrill suffered a blow to the head at a corner and had to be replaced.  She lay inside the goal net for several minutes and the game was halted as her injury was assessed.  She appeared to be dazed and was eventually assisted off the pitch.  She appeared to be involved in a collision with team-mate Dixon and Zebras’ Kannegiesser, neither of whom was injured.

Photo:  Zebras' Lily Hulton picks her way through the Clarence defence [PlessPix]

Georgia Burt scored direct from a corner from the right in the 72nd minute.  Vanderniet got a touch to the ball, but couldn’t prevent it whistling into the far corner of the net to take the score-line to 7-0.

Berry finished the scoring in the 86th minute when she powered home an unstoppable shot from just inside the box on the left.

It could have been more, but Clarence keeper Vanderniet made some brave saves, including a block at close quarters from Nichols, while a Berry shot clipped the top of the crossbar.

Photo:  Clarence's Maddie O'Brien beats Zebras' Zoe Nichols to the ball [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

I hope Uni come up next year as the competition needs better teams. Poor old Clarence can’t seem to compete anymore. Sad for a club that was up there only a few seasons ago.

Unknown said...

5.14am - is this the same Uni that was battered every week last year ? No thanks !!!

Anonymous said...

Mate have you seen the standard in the Championship,

Anonymous said...

Both Clarence and uni put into womens football developing girls over the years.
Every one who has been around the womens game know south hobart have done not a thing for women's football.
Dont even have two womens sides this year .
Next year they will struggle as lots young players there dont like being on bottom of the ladder already putting out feelers

Anonymous said...

3:51 no worse than what’s occurring at Wentworth this year. Good to rotate the bottom teams each year.

Anonymous said...

7.24 Been to South a couple of times this year and can’t fault the running of game day. Find it very professional to be honest and well coached. Im quite aware of Souths history but hey they are allowed to change surely?

Pollen Priorities said...

Uni women have been contenders in recent seasons but clearly had an off season last year. Core senior players moved on, others pregnant, away travelling, etc., so the young ones had to step up into a steep learning curve from youth to Super league. It's paying off now, the young ones have grown a lot. Plus a few of the core senior women came back this year. Playing some good football and scoring a lot of goals! They've found their rhythm again.

Anonymous said...

Mr or Ms Unkonown clearly shows how much you follow Women's Football, University's worst loss was 6-0 in two games. As opposed to Clarence and South. Also they only lost 1-0 to Taroona twice and weren't belted in any game. So check your stats before you open your idiotic mouth