Swifts re­serves in end of sea­son goalfest

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

‘‘Kyle van Wav­eren, nor­mally a cen­tre half or keeper, struck a goal in each half for the A team.’’

The Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves have drawn 4-4 with Old Blues re­serves in their fi­nal away game of the 2016 sea­son.

In a match with very much an end of sea­son feel, the re­serves con­ceded first but hit back thanks to goals from Reuben Wigelsworth and Lo­gan Raynel to lead at the break.

The teams con­tin­ued to trade goals in the sec­ond half and when the re­serves got in front with only min­utes re­main­ing, thanks to goals from Koto Hi­gash­ionna and Raynel again they looked like pulling off a de­served vic­tory. But their hosts spoiled the party with a late equaliser.

The Swifts A team’s home game against Melville United also con­tained eight goals, but un­for­tu­nately it was the vis­i­tors who game out on top with a 6-2 vic­tory.

Kyle van Wav­eren, nor­mally a cen­tre half or keeper, struck a goal in each half for the A team but the vis­i­tors rev­elled in the ex­tra space af­forded by Mata­mata to knock in three goals ei­ther side of the break. With the A team draw­ing their po­si­tions out of a hat prior to kick off this was al­ways likely.

On Sun­day, the Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies lost 3-1 at Huntly This­tle.

Pa­trice Adam­son scored from penalty spot for Mata­mata and, while the team cre­ated plenty of chances, it was a day in which the ball just wouldn’t hit the back of the net for the vis­i­tors in a game they could have taken more from.

In the WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship’s pro­mo­tion de­cider be­tween Taupo FC and Te Awa­mutu Ed­mond Judd, played at Crown Park in Taupo, Taupo won 4-1 thanks to goals from By­ron Thess­man, Nick Field and Kale Her­bert.

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