Swifts downed in unin­spired game

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Peter Vossen Builders Mata­mata Swifts were de­feated 2-0 by Al­bany United at the Do­main.

In a game of few chances, where nei­ther team looked overly in­spired, the vis­i­tors prof­ited twice from de­fen­sive er­rors to bag the points.

The vis­i­tors were ahead in 10 min­utes when the Swifts al­lowed Al­bany a free header from a cor­ner, which was com­fort­ably dis­patched. The goal un­der­lined an out of sorts start to the match by a Swifts’ side that was as ice cold as the con­di­tions.

Mata­mata slowly sorted out their shape and got into the match a lit­tle more as the game went on. The team looked to press for­ward but came up against a strong and well mar­shalled Al­bany de­fence that gave lit­tle away.

The sec­ond half was al­most a foot­balling non-event. Both sides showed plenty of en­deav­our but lit­tle at­tack­ing qual­ity as de­fence ruled.

Al­bany dou­bled their lead with only a few min­utes re­main­ing. An in­di­vid­ual er­ror at the back left a vis­it­ing at­tacker free in front of goal with Mata­mata keeper, Tom Pam­ment stranded. The fin­ish was com­posed and as­sured.

With all the bot­tom four sides los­ing, this re­sult was not ter­mi­nal for Mata­mata but the team will need to per­form much bet­ter next week at Glen­field if they want to take any­thing from that match. The Swifts have five matches re­main­ing and cur­rently sit in one of the two divi­sion 1 rel­e­ga­tion spots. They are four points be­hind the third from bot­tom team but have two games in hand so it’s go­ing to be a tight run-in to the end of the sea­son with sur­vival on the line ev­ery week.

In the only other game played on Satur­day, the Swifts Re­serves lost 5-2 to Katikati. Eric Van Wav­eren and Joe Free­man scored the goals.

Sharp skills: Mata­mata Swifts player, Harry Red­wood, wins a header.

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