Im­por­tant home win for Swifts

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

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.

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