Swifts’ per­fect week­end

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On a rough week­end weath­er­wise, three Swifts teams that made it onto the field came away with vic­to­ries.

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts con­sol­i­dated their Loaded WaiBOP Pre­mier­ship top three spot after win­ning 4-1 at Ro­torua United.

The Swifts have strug­gled away from home re­cently but had this match in the bag by half time.

Mata­mata started well, but had to wait un­til just be­fore the half hour to open the scor­ing. Jor­dane Lam­bert ham­mered the ball home then, five min­utes be­fore the break, dou­bled his tally. Brad West struck two min­utes be­fore half time to have Mata­mata three goals to the good and cruis­ing, at the turn.

Ro­torua con­tin­ued to go long dur­ing the sec­ond half, which is a tac­tic Mata­mata has strug­gled with this sea­son, but the Swifts dealt well with the pres­sure and hit their fourth goal less than ten min­utes after the restart through Ben Vogt. The hosts got a late con­so­la­tion when a de­flected shot found the mark, but by then the match was well and truly wrapped up.

The Swifts dealt with any pres­sure Ro­torua mus­tered and hit their fourth goal less than ten min­utes after the restart through Ben Vogt. The hosts got a late con­so­la­tion when a de­flected shot found the mark.

Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves bagged their best win of the sea­son, a 4-0 vic­tory at Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers. An own­goal sep­a­rated the sides at the break, be­fore goals from Lo­gan Raynel and Kody Now­ell pushed the score­line out to an un­beat­able mar­gin. Cullen Tap­pin struck the team’s fourth goal with 20 min­utes remaining while goalie, Jeremy Pope, saved a penalty to se­cure a clean sheet.

The Swifts A team com­pleted a per­fect Satur­day for Mata­mata with a 4-3 Waikato Plate win at Cam­bridge. Jamie Cox scored twice while Radge Aver­gon­zado and Andy Mon­teith, also got on the score­sheet. The win en­sured the A team moved into the plate semi-fi­nals.

ASHLEEN CON­NELL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Mata­mata Swifts dom­i­nated Ro­torua United.

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