Hobart Zebras comeback to win WSL title

Champions Hobart Zebras Pless Pix

Hobart Zebras have won the Women’s Super League 2019 title after a come from behind win over challenger Olympia FC Warriors 2-1 in an absolute thriller at KGV Park. Zebras now have their second title in three years.

A full house at KGV

Olympia started the better of the two forcing Zebra’s keeper Shelley Cook to make continuous saves early. Despite the pressure from Olympia the visitors were unable to get the breakthrough in the first-half.

Half time Zebras 0 – Warriors 0

Warriors broke the deadlock after midfielder Olivia Bomford scored from her set-piece which hit the crossbar on the way down to give the Eastern Shore side the advantage.

Bomford (obscured) mobbed by her teammates

Olympia were now in the driving seat, if they were to hold on from here they would be champions.

Zebras cancelled out the lead shortly after in the 61st minute. Midfielder Allie Berry spotted keeper Jenna Farrow off her line. Berry lobbed over her head to make it 1-1 in a matter of minutes.

Berry shoots true over the head of Farrow

Berry’s goal had now flipped the title advantage back to Hobart due to their impressive goal difference. A draw would be enough to secure the championship.

Jubilation for Berry and Zoe Nichols (12)

Zebras had one final trick up their sleeve in Jessie Williams. Williams was a late sub replacement for Taylor Rand and had just finished a TSLW game across the Tasman Bridge for Clarence. What commitment playing both especially given the magnitude of both.

Williams sealed the win after a fantastic run and set up play from Zoe Nichols. Williams calmly finished past Farrow to give the Zebras the 3 points, the win and the title!

Williams (obscured) is surrounded by her teammates

WSL 2019 was one of the more exciting seasons in Tasmanian football in recent memory and it’s been a pleasure to cover.

Olympia have nothing to be ashamed of for their efforts this season. Warrior’s coach Alastair Russell would be proud of their hunger throughout the campaign.

This was a landmark day for women’s football in Tasmania. It was great to see a sellout crowd which shows that these women can draw the fans in.

Congratulations to Zebra’s Manager Chris Hey and his troops for pulling the comeback off and claiming the WSL title.

Bring on 2020. Will we bring in some new teams into the mix? Perhaps a new champion? Or will the Warriors claim the title?

Either way, Women’s football is here to stay.

Keep raising the bar ladies.

Sealed with a kiss. Zebra’s Selina Steventon