(L) Zebra’s Zoe Nichols puts the pressure on Olympia’s Hannah Johnson

Clarence Zebras have defeated Olympia Warriors 1-0 courtesy of Caitlin Stalker’s first half goal at Wentworth Park.

Wednesday night football may not always be everyone’s cup of tea, but with a good attendance of 200 in on a cold spring night at Clarence, I think both clubs did well to get the fans in. So kudos Clarence Zebras and Olympia for putting on a show.

Team lineups

Clarence ZebrasOlympia Warriors
1Cook, ShelleyCane, Mia2
4Steventon, SelinaTeale, Phoebe3
5Marmion, LouisaLeszczynski, Sophie4
6Stalker, CaitlinChambers, Charlotte5
7Berry, AllieRoberts, Caitlin6
8Ferrier, IsabellaChambers, Madison7
9Gadon, BronteDavies, Bonnie9
10O’Brien, MadelineBomford, Olivia10
11Gill, RachelBlack, Maddie11
12Nichols, ZoeGubb, Leah12
15Dixon, ZaraRussell, Heather13
16Richardson, SamanthaMichael, Innocent14
17Burt, GeorgiaCane, Isabelle15
18Fiemann, BrookeJohnson, Hannah16
19Rand, TaylorFarrow, Jenna21
2/21Bowden, Alyssa

Referee: Tony Peart

Defence was the pattern displayed by both teams in the early stages with neither team having the real edge. Olympia’s Madi Chambers had the only shot in the first 15 minutes but it was over the bar.

Zebra’s Rachel Gill

Zebra’s Georgia Burt sent in a corner delivery to the waiting Stalker who volleyed her shot onto the crossbar which landed out of reach Olympia’s keeper Jenna Farrow.

Jenna Farrow catches a Zebras corner delivery in the second-half

Zebra’s Selina Steventon was the lone player to pick up what was a yellow card booking. After Olympia’s Bonnie Davies raced past Steventon, Steventon took down Davies and went into Mr Peart’s book.

Speaking of Davies, she had the best chance for the Warriors to equalise in the first-half. Davies’s chipped shot from long range only accounted for the crossbar but it showed the attacking intentions Olympia wanted to implement.

HT Zebras 1 – Warriors 0

Statistics for Olympia were high but they couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard. With nine corners and 10 shots off target, it wasn’t the Warriors night.

Olympia’s Inocent Michael (c) looks for options as (L) Louisa Marmion and Allie Berry begin to press

Olympia’s Olivia Bomford and Inocent Michael desperately tried to deliver the final ball for the difference, but Zebras were happy to sit back in the second-half with the back-four of Louisa Marmion, Zara Dixon, Madeline O’Brien and Steventon holding the line, thus keeping out the dangerous attack from Davies, Mia Cane and Madi Chambers.

Olympia’s Olivia Bomford switches her play while Zebra’s Louisa Marmion holds her defence

Full time Zebras 1 Warriors 0

Clarence Zebras claimed all three points in a game they had to win. Their reward is a one point buffer over Olympia.

As for the Warriors, they will rue the chances they didn’t take tonight but you would imagine they will take this loss into account for their next meeting at WP once again.

Zebras will now look forward to their clash with 3rd placed Northern Championship’s Northern Rangers in the Statewide Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Warriors will be also be in the cup away from home against 3rd placed Southern Championship’s Beachside SC.

WSL table after tonight’s match.

Clarence Zebras7610+2719
South Hobart7214-27

Women’s Statewide cup quarter-finals fixtures

Sat 5th Sept

University v South Hobart 12pm at Olinda Grove

Clarence Zebras v Northern Rangers 2pm at Wentworth Park

Kingborough v Riverside 2:30pm at Lightwood Park

Sun 6th Sept

Beachside v Olympia Warriors 12pm at Sandown Park