Warriors make a statement on Lions & Zebras continue their charge

Could it be the year for Olympia? (L) Heather Russell, Madi Chambers,Bonnie Davies, Monique Pinkiewicz, Zoe Haralampopoulos and Hannah Johnson pictured back in March

Olympia FC Warriors have made their season two wins from two games after a huge 6-0 win over Kingborough Lions United FC in the WSL at Lightwood Park.

Before we get into the match i’m really delighted to say that my Women’s Super League match reports will be back on Football Tasmania’s blog Slice of Cheese in the very near future.

I’ve been writing for FT since 2019 and it is a real blessing for me to be on that higher platform and help promote the game to a higher fanbase. So thank you to the state federation.

Let’s get into it!

Warriors’ Bonnie Davies opened the scoring in the 6th minute when she capitalised on an error from Lions’ keeper Erika Mackintosh. Davies pounced and although she was on a tight angle, was able to finish cooly.

Leah Gubb scored the goal of the day with a fantastic long range goal which you can view below.

Lions nearly bounced back immediately when striker Laura Davis sent in a great shot from range, but Warriors’ keeper Jenna Farrow made a great diving save.

Olympia had a comfortable 2-0 lead into ‘half-time’.

What’s the old saying? “2–0 lead is the worst lead”. Former Czech football coach Josef Csaplár was famously quoted back in the day. He came to the conclusion that a two goal lead will end with a loss. Csaplár’s trap is what it is referred to in the Czech Republic. It’s worth a read into that.

Kingborough’s Amy Ollington and Olympia’s Hannah Johnson pictured back in February

The second half saw Mia Cane adding a bit of insult to her former club after getting onto a great ball from Olympia’s Inocent Michael.

Cane was able to finish her efforts in the right corner and give the Warriors a 3-goal cushion.

Michael turned her assisting into scoring when she got onto a tight angle and fired it home in the ‘bottom-left corner’

This was getting ugly. 4-0 and we hadn’t reached full time yet.

Olivia Bomford had to wait a week for her first goal since returning to the state. Bomford had two defenders around her but somehow finished as calmly as you like.

Davies wrapped up her brace after getting onto a great long ball, and firing home into the bottom left.

This was a huge statement by the Eastern Shore club today. Last week, Olympia’s coach Alastair Russell was quoted saying: “We worked very hard in that first half and we seemed to drop our intensity off.”

There was zero drop in their intensity today. Fair play to Olympia for shutting the doubters down.

Around the grounds and Zebras also continued their winning ways with a resounding 4-0 win over South Hobart at Darcy St.

South Hobart FC 0 defeated by Clarence Zebras FC 4 {Louisa Marmion 29′, Zoe Nichols 65′, Bronte Gadon 65’, Isabella Ferrier 90′}

I was unable to get to this one so I do send my apologies, but check out this great volley from Louisa Marmion.

I spoke to Zebras’ Co-Captain Zara Dixon after the game.

Dixon pictured back last June. Credit Tanner Coad

“For only our second game back in I thought we played alright,” Dixon said. “However, we were a bit scrambled and rushed in some moments.

“In these moments South were quick to pick up on the mistakes. South have such a young speedy side.

“We know we can play smart football though so we’ll continue to work hard to get the simple things down pat.”

It’s early days but the title race could  very well between Zebras and Warriors

But let’s look to next weekend.

Olympia will be back at home hosting Ulverstone SC at Warrior Park on Saturday. KO 2pm.

UTAS Soccer Club will host South Hobart FC at Olinda Grove on Sunday. KO 215pm.

Clarence Zebras will host Kingborough Lions at Wentworth Park on Sunday. KO 230pm

Some great clashes to look forward to!

WSL Round 3 Fixture