Important home win for Swifts
Comag Matamata Swifts seem to be back in the groove after an important 5-3 victory over Old Blues on Saturday.
The Swifts lost three league games during June, but the turn of the month has led to an upswing in form.
Saturday’s game began with a rush. Chris Walker lifted the ball home to give the Swifts a 6th minute lead before the visitors hit back twice to lead before a quarter hour had passed.
Old Blues were forced into last ditch defending to scramble three goal mouth melees away, while the Swifts were relieved to see an effort from the visitors hit the woodwork.
Matamata was level on the half hour after Bjorn Vossen smacked the ball home from beyond 25 yards and the teams continued to trade blows up until the break.
The Swifts won the game during a relentless 15 minutes after half time.
Brad West slid home the team’s third, before Vossen got his second from a close range free kick.
Glen Carmichael then nipped in to lash home the fifth as Matamata threatened to over-run Old Blues.
The visitors regrouped as the Swifts determined to look after their lead. This led to several hairy moments, but most of the visitor’s chances came from range.
Old Blues got their third in the final quarter hour from a free kick, before the Swifts were reduced to ten men following a second yellow card.
Old Blues couldn’t press home their numerical advantage and Matamata kept them at bay to secure the win.
Richardson Racing Stables Swifts reserves fielded probably their youngest team of the team against Old Blues Reserves.
Jacob Fouhy and Harry Conner both made senior debuts and made a good fist of it as the team went down 5-1 to more experienced opponents.
Two quick goals in the lead-up to half time was harsh punishment for a good first half effort. Old Blues notched twice more before Radge Avergonzado snatched one back. A late strike rounded out the scoring.
The Swifts A team defeated Unicol D 4-1 to progress to the quarter finals of the Waikato Plate.
Bjorn Vossen (20) scores his second, and Comag Matamata Swifts’ fourth, in his team’s 5-3 victory over Tauranga Old Blues on Saturday.