Swifts in lo­cal derby day dou­ble-header

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Mata­mata Swifts week­end round-up – March 28

Two Swifts sides were in ac­tion over the week­end as the WaiBOP Premier­ship and WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship got un­der way for 2015.

The Swifts hosted Cam­bridge and Cam­bridge re­serves in a derby day dou­ble- header at Mata­mata Domain.

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts 0-4 Cam­bridge

WaiBOP Premier­ship The Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts made the worst con­ceiv­able start against the Premier­ship favourites, gift­ing the vis­i­tors a two-goal lead in­side 10 min­utes. The Swifts made a cou­ple of ma­jor de­fen­sive er­rors un­der lit­tle pres­sure that led di­rectly to clin­i­cally taken goals. That start made what was ini­tially a dif­fi­cult job a nigh on im­pos­si­ble one for a shell­shocked Swifts out­fit.

The vis­i­tors went three up on 20 min­utes when for­mer Swift, Glen Carmichael, was given too much time in the Swifts box. His ef­fort was tipped on to the cross bar by Matt Aber­hart, a late call- up in goal af­ter regular keeper Jor­dan Wise cried off with ill­ness, but the re­bound was put home to ef­fec­tively end the match as a con­test.

Af­ter even­tu­ally sorting out their de­fen­sive de­fi­cien­cies, the Swifts came more into the game, start­ing the sec­ond half a dif­fer­ent side. Both Jamie Bax­ter and Dwayne Sig­nal had ex­cel­lent chances to lower the deficit, while Cam­bridge was re­duced to spo­radic raids for­ward.

Some­what cru­elly, the vis­i­tors were handed a fourth goal with just over 20 min­utes re­main­ing when the Swifts put through their own net.

While the re­sult was a dis­ap­point­ing one, the Swifts coach­ing staff will have seen enough from their play­ers to work with as the sea­son ad­vances.

Les­son num­ber one will be to not make it easy for good sides to put you away. With four play­ers on de­but at this level, and more than half the squad still in their teens, this side is a work in progress. Jack­son Allen and Ro­nan Costello, two of the debu­tants, were solid for the Swifts, as was mid­fielder Dwayne Sig­nal.

Swifts Re­serves bridge Re­serves

0-0 Cam-

WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship The Swifts re­serves made a good fist of their first en­counter at this level, tak­ing a point from an even con­test against a solid Cam­bridge side. De­spite the score, chances were far from at a pre­mium as both sides cre­ated a host of goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in an open con­test.

The vis­i­tors started slightly stronger while the Swifts re­serves had sev­eral good chances in the sec­ond half to break the dead­lock. Matt Mon­teith slid a Cal­lum Barr cross nar­rowly wide not long af­ter half­time, while Luis John lobbed the stranded Cam­bridge keeper late on, only to see the ball fall ag­o­nis­ingly wide of the up­right.

An­other young squad, the Swifts re­serves con­tained eight teens in their squad, which is fur­ther il­lus­tra­tion of the club’s fo­cus on youth this sea­son. Lo­gan Allen looked lively up front while John was a cre­ative pres­ence in mid­field. The ex­pe­ri­ence of Rob Cox and Jonathan Crook through the mid­dle lent a calm­ing pres­ence to the side’s over­all youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance.

Fix­tures for this week­end (April 4):

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts v Otu­moetai, Mata­mata Domain, 2.45pm. Swifts Re­serves v Te Puke United, Mata­mata Domain, 12.30pm.

Photo: MATA­MATA SWIFTS

Ro­nan Costello is sur­rounded by red and white de­fend­ers as Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts took on Cam­bridge over the week­end.

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