Swifts claims first win in 2017

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

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.

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Brad West cel­e­brates his goal with fel­low goal scor­ers Chris Walker, Bjorn Vossen and Dayne Willem­sen.

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