Swifts top­ple de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons

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Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts have beaten 2015 cham­pi­ons, Cam­bridge, 2-1 in a tight con­test away from home to main­tain third spot in the Waikato Bay of Plenty’s top foot­ball league.

The Swifts’ vic­tory was built on a strong de­fen­sive show­ing against one of the league’s top scor­ing teams, with only a con­tro­ver­sial free kick on half­time blot­ting the team’s copy book.

Be­fore that, how­ever, Mata­mata had­looked good go­ing for­ward, al­beit in a match of few true scor­ing chances.

Chris Walker, in his first start for the Swifts, opened the scor­ing just in­side 20 min­utes when he cap­i­talised on a de­fen­sive blun­der to roll the ball into an empty net.

With Mata­mata miss­ing a num­ber of reg­u­lar starters Walker, and sev­eral oth­ers, were thrust into this derby con­test and re­sponded well.

Jor­dane Lam­bert drew his usual num­ber of fouls dur­ing the first half as he and Walker probed the Cam­bridge de­fence off the back of a strong show­ing from Mata­mata’s mid­field.

The equaliser was a blow, com­ing as it did so close to the break, but the team re­sponded well dur­ing the sec­ond half.

Mata­mata had to deal with a bar­rage of long balls dur­ing the early and mid-stages of the sec­ond half as Cam­bridge forced a num­ber set-pieces.

But the newly put to­gether back four, along with keeper Jor­dan Wise, didn’t buckle.

The team’s de­fen­sive hero­ics were re­warded with less than ten min­utes to go when, fol­low­ing a cor­ner, the Cam­bridge goalie threw the ball into his own net un­der pres­sure from Dwayne Sig­nal.

This was Mata­mata’s first win in Cam­bridge since 2010 and moved the team to within three points of the top of the table.

On Sun­day, Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies didn’t fare quite as well in Cam­bridge, los­ing 4-0 to one of the Waikato league’s top sides.

Ker­rie Coxand Zoe Re­ichardt com­bined well in mid­field while Heather Ward was su­perb in goal.

The Swifts Un­der-13s also lost on Sun­day, 3-0 at top side North­ern United, but they weren’t dis­graced in hold­ing the lead­ers, who were aver­ag­ing seven goals a game, goal­less at the break.

Gary Dobson was part of the Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts back four that per­formed well dur­ing his team’s 2-1 win at Cam­bridge.

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