Swifts claims first win in 2017
The WaiBOP Premiership season began with a bang for Matamata Swifts as they traded 10 goals with Tauranga Boys’ College at the Domain on Saturday.
Thankfully the Swifts ran out 6-4 victors, although the team will be disappointed the win wasn’t more emphatic.
Goals from Chris Walker, Bjorn Vossen and Dayne Willemsen saw Matamata into a 3-1 half time lead.
Walker and Willemsen then struck again, either side of a Brad West goal to stretch the margin to 6-2.
The students looked sharp on the break and a couple of goals in the final quarter gave the final scoreline a remarkable look.
The Swifts became sloppy out of possession and let their opponents off the hook in what should have been a right old hammering.
Coach Richardson focused on the positives of the performance.
‘‘Our attacking play looked great and we should have had a few more goals. We’re not pleased to have let in four, so we have a bit of work to do on our defensive transitions.’’
Richardson Racing Stables Swifts Reserves shared the points with Tauranga City United in their WaiBOP Championship opener.
Koto Higashionna gave the reserves the lead at the break, but Tauranga found a way back into the game in the second half.
Both sides had opportunities to win it but neither could create enough to snap the 1-1 deadlock.
The Swifts A team went through a roller coaster afternoon before drawing 4-4 with Te Awamutu.
Goals from Hayri Cihan, a TA own goal and Jamie Cox pushed the A team into a three goal half time lead.
The visitors then went on a four goal scoring rampage after the break and looked likely to take all three points before Ronan Costello snuck in late.
On Sunday the Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies began their season with a 3-0 defeat at Melville United.
Having been given the surprise news of their elevation to Division A less than a week ago, Matamata did well against strong opposition.
All Melville’s goals came in the first half, including two from the penalty spot.
Their second half effort will give the team heart for the fight ahead.
Brad West celebrates his goal with fellow goal scorers Chris Walker, Bjorn Vossen and Dayne Willemsen.