Swifts score derby-day vic­tory

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

Lo­gan Raynel, cen­tre, scored Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts’ open­ing goal as they beat neigh­bours, Cam­bridge, 2-0 at the Do­main in Mata­mata on Satur­day.

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts com­pleted a de­li­cious 2-0 win over Cam­bridge to move to sec­ond in the Loaded WaiBOP Foot­ball Premier­ship stand­ings.

This was al­ways likely to be a tasty en­counter and it didn’t dis­ap­point.

The visi­tors ar­rived with a clear plan in mind – kick Jor­dane Lam­bert – but the Swifts are fa­mil­iar with this ap­proach and in­tro­duced some­thing to take full ad­van­tage.

Lam­bert drifted high and wide, draw­ing Cam­bridge’s strong­est play­ers out of the cen­tre of the park like red and white moths to the flame.

This cre­ated huge gaps in mid­field that al­lowed Mata­mata to flood for­ward.

Had the ex­e­cu­tion been bet­ter the match would have been over by half time.

Ben Vogt and Chris Walker, twice, had golden op­por­tu­ni­ties saved by the vis­it­ing goalie, be­fore Lo­gan Raynel tapped home the open­ing goal five min­utes be­fore the break.

Walker and Lam­bert had great chances to ex­tend Mata­mata’s lead in the five min­utes af­ter the restart, be­fore the visi­tors came into the game for a pe­riod.

Cam­bridge had a good spell mid­way through the half, dur­ing which they hit the up­right and forced two ex­cel­lent saves from Jordan Wise, but Mata­mata broke again in­side the fi­nal ten min­utes to seal vic­tory.

Walker’s pace got him in on goal be­fore squar­ing to Vogt who slammed the ball home.

In the early game, Richardson Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves let in two first half goals to lose 2-0 to Cam­bridge re­serves. It was an­other game in which the re­serves were left ru­ing missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Swifts A team’s dreams of cup glory ended in dis­ap­point­ment af­ter a 4-0 semi-fi­nal de­feat to Melville in the Waikato Plate.

On Sun­day, the Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies had their ex­cel­lent win­ning run snapped af­ter a 4-2 loss at Melville.

An­ne­mieke Ver­straten and Pa­trice Adam­son scored for Mata­mata.

The Swifts Un­der-13s com­pleted their de­but sea­son with a fine 4-0 win at Claude­lands Rovers.

Sport Waikato Dis­trict Co­or­di­na­tor, Lou Beer said it was im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge those work­ing hard in sport in the Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict.

She said she hoped in­di­vid­u­als, clubs, schools and sports or­gan­i­sa­tions would take the time to fill in a nom­i­na­tion form so that the achieve­ments of ‘‘our dis­trict sports peo­ple and vol­un­teers can be recog­nised and cel­e­brated’’.

‘‘Nom­i­na­tions can be made sim­ply on­line with cat­e­gories re­flect­ing var­i­ous roles in­clud­ing of­fi­cials, coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors as well as in­di­vid­ual sports­peo­ple and teams,’’ said Beer.

Sport Waikato Dis­trict Sports Awards events will take place in Taupo, South Waikato, Waikato, Waipa, Mata­mata-Pi­ako, Wait­omo, Hau­raki/ThamesCoro­man­del and Hamil­ton, dur­ing the month of Novem­ber. Nom­i­na­tions can be made on­line at www.sport­waikato.org.nz.

Lo­gan Raynel, cen­tre, scored Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts open­ing goal.

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