MATA­MATA SWIFTS WEEK­END ROUND-UP – APRIL 11/12

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Pa­pamoa 1- 1 Waikato Mata­mata Swifts

Stud

The Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts were stung by an 89th minute equaliser caus­ing them to fall just short of bag­ging back-to-back WaiBOP Premier­ship vic­to­ries.

But af­ter tak­ing the lead from a cor­ner in the 55th minute, the Swifts had done well to hold their hosts score­less that long. Jamie Bax­ter saw his wicked cor­ner de­flected into the Pa­pamoa goal by one of the home side’s de­fend­ers but Pa­pamoa hit back hard, hit­ting the wood­work twice be­fore their late break­through.

In what was, for the most part, a dis­jointed game, for some rea­son both sides strug­gled to play com­pelling foot­ball on the vast Gor­don Spratt Re­serve. The sur­face was good, how­ever, which makes it dif­fi­cult to ex­plain the lack of crisp­ness or in­ten­sity form ei­ther side.

Hav­ing gone ahead, the Swifts will be dis­ap­pointed not to have held on for the win, par­tic­u­larly af­ter sub­sti­tute Shaun Richard­son had seem­ingly dou­bled the Swifts lead from an on-side po­si­tion only mo­ments be­fore the equaliser, only to see the flag raised. At this stage of the side’s devel­op­ment, how­ever, col­lect­ing points is im­por­tant, so a draw is not the end of the world.

Te Awa­mutu 2-3 Mata­mata

WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship The Swifts re­serves re­cov­ered from a two goal half time deficit for the sec­ond week run­ning, and this time they com­pleted the job cour­tesy of Ro­nan Costello’s 89th minute win­ner at Te Awa­mutu.

It was deja vu time for the re­serves as they fell two goals be­hind dur­ing the first half, but their per­for­mance had been good and the coach­ing staff had con­fi­dence the young side could mount a stir­ring come­back. They did so in style, and it be­gan when Lo­gan Raynel side-footed his first se­nior goal five min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter a fine move.

The re­serves then pro­ceeded to bat­ter their op­po­nents but it took un­til the 82nd minute to fi­nally find the equaliser. Rob Cox swept it home from one of a string of cor­ners to set up a grand­stand fin­ish, which Costello com­pleted by slam­ming home the win­ner in em­phatic style as time ran out.

This per­for­mance and re­sult helped un­der­line the side’s im­prove­ment, par­tic­u­larly in the younger mem­bers with lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence at this level. The more se­nior foot­ball they play the stronger and more con­sis­tent they’ll be­come. Their devel­op­ment will be worth track­ing as the sea­son pro­gresses.

Te Awa­mutu 0-3 Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies

Waikato Ladies Di­vi­sion B The Chal­lenge Mata­mata

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

Ro­nan Costell, who scored the Swift’s 89th minute win­ner for the Mata­mata Swifts Re­serves, goes up for the ball against Te Awa­mutu’s Ron­ald Rao.

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