Matamata Swifts give Taupo the boot

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

Co­mag Matamata fin­ished on the right side of a 2-1 score­line on Sat­ur­day, af­ter two con­sec­u­tive re­verses by the same mar­gin, to bank their first win in Taupo since the 2006 sea­son and re­gain some mo­men­tum as the Loaded WaiBOP Premier­ship sea­son heads into its fi­nal cou­ple of months.

Matamata didn’t start well, con­ced­ing a goal early then cre­at­ing a num­ber of first half chances which they failed to put away.

They even failed to con­vert a penalty, when Jamie Bax­ter hit the cross bar from the spot, and went into the break with mixed feel­ings.

The per­for­mance had been pos­i­tive but the frus­tra­tion at all the missed chances was ev­i­dent.

It didn’t take long in the sec­ond half for the Swifts to fi­nally take one of the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Dayne Willem­sen rose to head home a Jamie Bax­ter cor­ner, mo­ments af­ter the restart to right a few wrongs.

The Swifts mid­field trio of Scott Par­son­age, Sam Master­son and Reuben Wiglesworth con­trolled the tempo of the match against their ro­bust op­po­nents.

The win­ner fi­nally came five min­utes from the end through lead­ing scorer, Chris Walker, who slipped home his sev­en­teenth goal of the sea­son.

Taupo cre­ated one fi­nal chance but Swifts keeper, Pa­trick Steele, pulled off a sharp stop to en­sure his team banked three de­served and well needed points.

In the early game, Taupo came out on top in the bat­tle of the two clubs’ re­serve teams.

Two first half goals gave the hosts a 2-0 win but the young Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves, short of sev­eral play­ers able to make it to Taupo in time for the early kick-off, put in a solid show­ing against one of the league’s form teams.

Young­sters Harry Con­ner, Ja­cob Fouhy and Sam Hills all started and put in an­other solid shift as they con­tinue to de­velop at this level.

The Swifts A team lost a 4-3 thriller in a lo­cal derby at Te Aroha. Two goals from Ro­nan Costello and a Dy­lan Smith strike couldn’t quite make up for the team go­ing down to ten men just af­ter the break in what, at times, was a quite frus­trat­ing match for the team.

On Sun­day the Chal­lenge Matamata Swifts Ladies got back to win­ning ways thanks to a 2-1 vic­tory at Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers.

Pa­trice Mor­ri­son and An­ne­mieke Ver­straten got the goals as Matamata re­bounded from two con­sec­u­tive de­feats with what was a gen­er­ally pos­i­tive per­for­mance.

LAWRENCE GULLERY

Jamie Bax­ter, pic­tured in a pre­vi­ous game, was in fine form for the match against Taupo on Sat­ur­day.

An­ne­mieke Ver­straten, scored for Swifts Ladies on Sun­day.

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