Swifts beat Tau­ranga to go third

Matamata Chronicle - - Backyard Banter -

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts picked up their largest Loaded WaiBOP Pre­mier­ship win of the sea­son with a 7-1 demolition job of vis­it­ing Tau­ranga City United.

The Swifts be­gan the scor­ing early af­ter Raphael Berth­elot was played through and com­fort­ably beat Tau­ranga’s keeper, but the vis­i­tors equalised in the 10th minute af­ter the Mata­mata back four switched off.

That goal was just a blip, how­ever, and af­ter Brad West had put the Swifts back in front three min­utes later there was only ever go­ing to be one winner.

Cap­tain Scott Par­son­age fired home Mata­mata’s third be­fore French­man, Jor­dane Lam­bert, showed a su­perb piece of skill to take two Tau­ranga de­fend­ers out of the game be­fore ri­fling home to make it 4-1.

Jamie Bax­ter con­verted his fourth penalty of the sea­son, just be­fore half time, to com­plete an ex­cel­lent first 45 min­utes of work.

West grabbed his sec­ond goal twelve min­utes into the sec­ond half be­fore mid­fielder, Sam Master­son, strolled through the Tau­ranga de­fence to com­plete the scor­ing mid­way through the half.

The Swifts were al­ways in con­trol of this one.

Play­ing against op­po­nents that had lost ev­ery game so far this sea­son Mata­mata was al­ways go­ing to have too much fire­power.

There were times Mata­mata dropped their in­ten­sity and over com­pli­cated things when a more di­rect ap­proach could have paid higher div­i­dends.

But the team con­trolled pos­ses­sion through­out, con­tin­ued to cre­ate chances and banked a good win ahead of next week’s derby at Cam­bridge.

In Satur­day’s early games at the Do­main, Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves held WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship favourites Taupo to a 2-2 draw in what was one of their best re­sults of the sea­son. Matt Mon­teith put the re­serves ahead, be­fore Taupo scored twice to lead 2-1 at the break. Lo­gan Raynel fired home the equaliser during the sec­ond half, re­act­ing quick­est af­ter his penalty had been saved.

The Swifts A team lost 4-0 to North­ern United in a match that was chal­leng­ing for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons.

Bray­den Liss­ing­ton (left) and Sam Master­son helped Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts de­mol­ish Tau­ranga City United 7-1 at the Do­main on Satur­day.

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