Swifts share the game points

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

It was a tight old af­ter­noon at the Do­main on Satur­day, with both se­nior men’s teams fea­tur­ing in drawn matches in front of an ex­cel­lent crowd.

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts 1-1 Katikati

WaiBOP Premier­ship

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts were held to their fourth draw of the sea­son by a spir­ited Katikati side, who ar­rived at the Do­main pre­pared to com­pete.

It took the Swifts un­til the 72nd minute be­fore they found the first goal, when An­drew Cloth­ier fired home from just in­side the box. The visi­tors were level soon af­ter when they scram­bled home from a cor­ner that should have been cleared.

This led to a ner­vous fi­nal quar­ter hour for Mata­mata in which Katikati, who un­til their equaliser had barely threat­ened Jor­dan Wise’s goal, hit the cross bar and blazed wide as they went in search of an un­likely vic­tory.

The Swifts had much the bet­ter of the pos­ses­sion stats for the bulk of the match, but were held at arm’s length by a Katikati side de­ter­mined to take some­thing back across the Kaimais with them. Once again, the lack of a true cut­ting edge proved costly for Mata­mata, as they strug­gled for clear-cut open­ings in the at­tack­ing third.

Goal scorer Cloth­ier was lively while Dwayne Sig­nal, on his re­turn to the side af­ter an in­jury en­forced lay­off, looked the stand­out player on the field.

Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts Re­serves 0-0 Toko­roa WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship

The young Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts Re­serves were un­lucky not to take any­thing more than a point from this en­counter, against a Toko­roa side that had been one of the early sea­son pace set­ters.

While not overly en­dowed with goal­mouth ac­tion, this was a lively en­counter in which the re­serves matched up well against their higher placed op­po­nents. The re­serves, how­ever, be­gan con- fi­dently, play­ing tidy football. They came close to open­ing up the visi­tors be­fore half­time, but Lo­gan Raynel shot nar­rowly over from dis­tance and Cal­lum Barr shot wide in what were the best of a hand­ful of chances.

Rob Cox and Mike Candy were strong in the heart of the re­serves de­fence, lay­ing a plat­form for their young team­mates to at­tack. Reuben Wigelsworth, with only a hand­ful of se­nior games un­der his belt, looked as­sured in the mid­dle of the park.

Both sides pressed for the open­ing goal af­ter the break. Again, Mata­mata came clos­est, with sev­eral shots zip­ping wide. Barr fired over while un­der pres­sure, while sub­sti­tute Matt Mon­teith glanced a header wide with the goal gap­ing. The de­fence had to be lively to ward off the chal­lenge pre­sented by Toko­roa, but Matt Aber­hart in the Mata­mata goal was com­fort­able on the few oc­ca­sions he was se­ri­ously called into ac­tion.

This was another step for­ward from this de­vel­op­ing side, with prom­ise shown by the young­sters and lead­er­ship pro­vided by the ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers.

Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies

had no game due to the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Ju­niors:

Open

Grade

– Claude­lands Rovers 1- 0 Mata­mata Hor­nets (Hor­nets Player of the Day (POD): Tyler Tap­per); South­well 3-4 Mata­mata Tigers (Tigers’ scor­ers: Jor­dan Grif­fiths, Will Bene­field 2, Reuben Davis. POD: Cameron Jacobson); Mata­mata Fal­cons 0- 1 Hamil­ton Marist. – Mata­mata Jets 2-5 Cam­bridge (Jets’ scor­ers: Jonny Swap, An­ton Ganas. POD: Jonny Swap). – Mata­mata Dragons 3- 2 Claude­lands Rovers; Mata­mata Strik­ers 0-2 Piron­gia (Strik­ers POD: Michael Grif­fits).

– Mata­mata Rebels 6-0 HRFC ( Rebels scor­ers: Dy­lan Brown 5, Ti­mothy Bax­en­dine. POD: Dy­lan Brown); Wan­der­ers 8- 1 Mata­mata Ea­gles ( Ea­gles’ scorer: Joshua Martin. POD:

Grade

11th Grade

10th

Grade

9th

Jason Li). 8th Grade – Mata­mata Mag­pies 2-6 Wood­stock (Mag­pies’ scorer: Nathan Quinn 2. PODs: Treesh Sharma & Jamie Suisted).

Fix­tures for (June 20/ 21):

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts and Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves have no game on Satur­day due to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Fi­nal. Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies v Cam­bridge, Mata­mata Do­main, 11am on Sun­day.

all our ju­nior 8th to Open Grade sides’ draws can be found online. Please visit www.mata­mataswifts.com/ju­niors for more in­for­ma­tion.

starts at 9am Mata­mata Do­main.

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Photo: MATA­MATA SWIFTS

Swifts cen­tre back, Michael Daw­son, gets in his clear­ance against Katikati.

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