Tuesday, June 13, 2023

South Hobart women win first silverware

South Hobart’s Women’s Super League side won their first trophy on Monday when they beat Launceston United 2-0 in the Women’s Statewide Cup Final at KGV Park.

South Hobart also have top spot in the league standings and could be on the way to a league and cup double.

Photo:  The gal from St Louis, Missouri, Courtney Marten, bids farewell to Tasmania this week after a short stint with Launceston United. [PlessPix] 

Launceston United started strongly and hit the woodwork twice in quick succession in the opening minutes.

That was to be the story of the match for them as even when they managed to create openings they couldn’t hit the target.

Once South Hobart settled down, they began to dominate, with Lucy Roberts and Pishon Choi controlling the midfield.

Photo:  Launceston United hit the post in the opening minutes. [PlessPix] 

Launceston United never surrendered and gave it everything, especially at the back, but they could not get back into the game once Choi headed South in front from a corner in the 33rd minute.

The warning signs had been there before as both Eve Swain and Amy Ollington had gone close within a minute of each other, Swain firing over the bar in the 17th minute and Ollington pulling a powerful shot just wide of the right-hand post.

United’s strikers, Courtney Marten and Adilat Otto, as well as Danielle Gunton, were being well held by the South defence.

Photo:  South Hobart defence clear a United corner. [PlessPix] 

Three minutes after the resumption, Madison Chambers, who was back from the U.S.A., made it 2-0 with a shot from close-range as the United defence was caught in turmoil.

Marten was making her final appearance for United before returning to the U.S.A. this week.

South Hobart coach Alastair Russell was delighted with the win and said he was still working on ‘the house that Craig built’, a reference to assistant Craig Westwood, who had been the team’s senior coach before work commitment intervened.

United coach, Nick Rawlinson, was pleased with the effort his team had put in, but was left to ponder what might have been if they had scored those early chances.

Photo:  South Hobart's Madison Chambers breaks clear down the line as United coach Nick Rawlinson looks on. [PlessPix]

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