Sunday, March 19, 2023

South Hobart labour to beat Kingborough in opening round of Women's Super League

Photo:  South Hobart's Josephine Mamic (left) who was named player-of-the-match, gets past Kingborough Lions United's Isabelle de Smit. [PlessPix] 

South Hobart laboured to a 1-0 win over Kingborough Lions United in the Women’s Super League game at South Hobart Oval this afternoon.

South Hobart were much the better side but could not manage to break down the Kingborough defence until the 72nd minute, when Eve Swain showed close control and speed on the right to send in a low cross from the byline which was hammered home by Brigette Wright.

The goal was just reward for South Hobart’s dominance, but they should have had more goals in the 90 minutes.

Photo:  South Hobart's Eve Swain is thwarted by the brave Kingborough goalkeeper, Erika MacKintosh. [PlessPix] 

Resolute defending by Kingborough and good goalkeeping by Erika MacKintosh hindered South Hobart’s approach work.

They seemed to want to walk the ball into the net at times but Kingborough managed to put bodies on the line and clear or block shots.

Kingborough had several half-chances, but poor finishing denied them.

Photo:  Referee Josh Clement gives South Hobart's Brigette Wright a talking to. [PlessPix] 

Danielle Kanegiesser and Laura Davis posed the greatest threat to South Hobart, but both players appeared to be hampered by niggling injuries.

Kannegiesser reappeared for the second half with her left thigh heavily strapped and was eventually substituted, while Davis took a knock or two too many and was unable to utilise her speed and power to maximum effect.

South Hobart’s Josephine Mamic was chosen as the player-of-the-match.  She was lively in attack and used her pace to get into shooting positions.

Photo:  South Hobart's Eve Swain (left) under pressure form Kingborough's Samantha Watkins. [PlessPix] 

She was struck by a powerful clearance at one stage in the second half and required treatment, but she was able to resume and see out the match.

Kingborough will need to work on their technical skills and passing if they are to win matches.

South Hobart are fast and strong and build-up attacks well at times, but they need to improve on their finishing if they are to trouble opponents.

Photo:  South Hobart's Josephine Mamic unleashes a full-blooded drive. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Brigette Wright (No.6) is congratulated by team-mates after she scored the only goal of the match. [PlessPix]

Photo:  Kingborough's Danielle Kannegiesser slaloms her way past South Hobart defender Emily Navabpour. [PlessPix] 

Photo:  Kingborough's Laura Davis (left) shoots but is unable to beat South Hobart keeper Samantha Butler. [PlessPix]


Anonymous said...

The Standard of the WSL is at a low point at present .

Anonymous said...

It’s early in the season but the two games I watched on the stream were very ordinary. Hopefully things improve over the season.

Anonymous said...

So many females have left the game for AFL the athletes lost to soccer,mass exit from one club because they have had dealings with coach before.
When NTC existed they received quality coachg and also in State programs ,now appears a bit Mickey Mouse.
The base to draw youth girls from has dwindled ,FT runs around trumpeting increased participation but gee they must lose a lot between juniors and youth.
As the girls now women that participated in the programs of the past have left the game,quality has dropped .
It was hilarious to read that making league smaller that they had a larger pool of players to draw from who writes this rubbish for FT.

Anonymous said...

WSL may very well be in it's last season a return to regional competitions is the only way forward .