Swifts roll on af­ter big win

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts proved too pow­er­ful for mid-ta­ble Pa­pamoa, win­ning 5-1 at the Do­main on Satur­day to stay sec­ond on the Loaded WaiBOP Pre­mier­ship ta­ble.

The Swifts be­gan brightly and hit the front af­ter only seven min­utes when Jor­dane Lam­bert drove the ball home af­ter ex­cel­lent work from Chris Walker.

Dwayne Sig­nal had a seem­ingly good goal ruled out, while Pa­pamoa’s keeper made two no­table saves to keep Mata­mata’s lead to a sin­gle goal at the break.

The vis­i­tors had a player sent off for re­tal­i­a­tion on the half hour mark and, while that didn’t im­me­di­ately al­ter the flow of the game, it was to prove costly dur­ing the last 25 min­utes.

Pa­pamoa equalised eight min­utes af­ter the re-start when the Swifts failed to deal with a rou­tine free kick.

Their keeper pulled off an­other three su­perb saves dur­ing a frus­trat­ing pe­riod for Mata­mata, but the hosts per­se­vered.

The Swifts re-took the with 23 min­utes left.

Andrew Cloth­ier played in Raphael Berth­elot who sprinted past a tir­ing de­fence and fin­ished eas­ily.

Three min­utes later Walker was re­warded for his ex­cel­lent per­for­mance when he nod­ded home Mata­mata’s third.

It was left to sub­sti­tute, Ben Vogt, to ap­ply the coup de gras, fir­ing home twice in the fi­nal 15 min­utes.

Mata­mata still trails lead­ers, Ngongo­taha, by three points.

In other games at the Do­main on Satur­day, the Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves lead pushed WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship lead­ers all the way, but were un­lucky to lose 3-2.

Mean­while the Swifts A team picked up their first win of the sea­son.

Goals to Ramandeep Singh and Lo­gan Raynel had the re­serves in front at the break be­fore two sec­ond half penal­ties al­lowed the Hamil­to­ni­ans to es­cape with all three points.

The A team beat Te Awa­mutu 4-2 thanks to dou­bles from Ro­nan Costello and Jamie Cox. The re­sult was great re­ward for a side that has strug­gled, at times, this sea­son.

But they’re on the up and can now look for­ward pos­i­tively to the rest of the sea­son.

The Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies match was post­poned, while the Swifts under-13 had a bye.

Raphael Berth­elot (left) and Jor­dane Lam­bert, part of Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts’ French Con­nec­tion, launch an­other at­tack dur­ing their side’s 5-1 vic­tory on Satur­day.

Alex Mukaka (left) and Daniel Holmes were strong for the Mata­mata Swifts A team dur­ing their 4-2 win over Te Awa­mutu on Satur­day.

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