Re­serves re­dis­cover win­ning form

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Two of the three Mata­mata Swifts se­nior sides suf­fered un­ex­pected defeats at the week­end but the Swifts re­serves fi­nally found them­selves back in the win­ners’ cir­cle.

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts 1 Pa­pamoa FC 3 WaiBOP Premier­ship

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts put in their most la­mentable 45- minute per­for­mance of the sea­son on Satur­day, ship­ping three first half goals from Pa­pamoa at the Do­main.

The visi­tors found them­selves two goals up af­ter barely 10 min­utes in an open­ing that, for Mata­mata, bore a fright­en­ing re­sem­blance to some of their per­for­mances in early 2014.

Pa­pamoa grabbed their third on the half-hour when one of their strik­ers was put through un­op­posed on goal.

The Swifts were bet­ter af­ter the break and went close to a goal in the open­ing stages of the sec­ond half but Mur­ray McKen­zie fired his shot straight at Pa­pamoa’s keeper.

Mata­mata had the bet­ter of the sec­ond half but it wasn’t un­til near the end that they fi­nally got their goal when sub­sti­tute Lo­gan Allen rose to head home a Jamie Bax­ter cross.

While the Swifts are a rel­a­tively young side, they had enough ex­pe­ri­ence on the pitch to do bet­ter dur­ing the first half.

The side should be back to full strength for next Satur­day’s match.

They will be look­ing to put in the sort of ef­fort that con­signs matches like this to the history books.

Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts Re­serves 2

Te Awa­mutu 1 WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship

In the early game on Satur­day, Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves eked out a de­served win over Te Awa­mutu but they made pretty hard work of it.

Mata­mata gen­er­ally had the bet­ter of the first half but apart from sev­eral half chances didn’t put as much con­certed pres­sure on the vis­it­ing keeper as the coach­ing staff would have ex­pected.

Keeper Matt Aber­hart had an easy ride dur­ing the first half but was called into ac­tion on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions af­ter the break to keep the re­serves in the game. His ef­forts were re­warded when Matt Mon­teith net­ted Mata­mata’s opener in­side the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Sub­sti­tute Reuben Wigelsworth dou­bled Mata­mata’s lead min­utes later with his first se­nior goal.

The visi­tors en­sured the match would re­main in­ter­est­ing right to the end, scor­ing al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter Mata­mata’s sec­ond but the re­serves com­fort­ably ran the game out to se­cure a league dou­ble over Te Awa­mutu.

Ngaru­awahia 3 Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies 1 Waikato Ladies Di­vi­sion B

Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies suf­fered a shock de­feat at bot­tom placed Ngaru­awahia on Sun­day, se­verely dent­ing their chances of fin­ish­ing in the top two af­ter Waikato Di­vi­sion B’s first round.

Play­ing against a side that had not won all sea­son, Mata­mata would have been ex­pected to win com­fort­ably.

In­stead, they found them­selves level at one apiece at the break. Krystal Mor­ri­son scored the goal, her fifth of the sea­son.

Look­ing to kick on af­ter the break, Mata­mata con­ceded twice against a side that grew stronger as the game went on.

This was only the ladies’ sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son and meant they’ve lost to both the top and the bot­tom sides in the league.

Fix­tures for (July 18/19):

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Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts v Tau­ranga City United, Mata­mata Do­main, 2.45pm on Satur­day. Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves v Old Blues, Mata­mata Do­main, 12.30pm on Satur­day. Uni­col v Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies, Waikato Univer­sity, Hamil­ton, 11am on Sun­day.

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Photo: MATA­MATA SWIFTS

Brad West, fore­ground, and Rob Cox in ac­tion for Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves dur­ing their 2-1 win over Te Awa­mutu.

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