Visiting Swifts run away with football prems win
Matamata Swifts made it a perfect weekend for the visiting teams in WaiBOP Football premiership with a 4-0 win at Te Awamutu.
The hosts were unlucky to be behind at halftime after a defensive error gifted Dayne Willemsen Matamata’s first goal, but the visitors ran away with things after the break at the Stadium on Saturday.
Bjorn Vossen, Jamie Baxter and Willemsen all scored to give the Swifts their second successive win by that margin.
David Hall reports that Matamata proved to be too clinical in front of goal and that was the stark difference between the teams on the day.
Edmonds Judd Te Awamutu coach, Joe Gifford lamented his side’s poor conversion rate when attacking and creating scoring opportunities. Te Awamutu had their opponents under the pump at times but couldn’t get past an in-form goal keeper.
Hayden Roil, Jack Connor, Thomas Watts and Michael Sargent-Mens toiled hard all game long in the midfield.
This week the team are away to Tokoroa.
Te Awamutu’s Edmonds Judd Waikato A division side reversed the early season result against Te Aroha, winning 2-1 at Anchor Park.
Campbell Black and Aaron Mills scored to give Te Awamutu a 2-0 lead prior to Te Aroha scoring with the last play of the first half.
The second half was all about gritty defence as Ben Petersen, John Ward, Greg McKenzie and player of the day Tim Ball held out the Te Aroha attack.
Goalie Josh Petersen was also called on to make several fine saves.
This Saturday the team faces Waikato Unicol at Anchor Park, 12.30pm kick off.
The men’s C division side lost 6-2 to Claudelands Rovers after trailing 3-0 at halftime in the late game at Anchor Park.
Bayley Orr scored Te Awamutu’s first goal before Daniel Cleaver scored the team’s second with a header from a Gabe Hoete cross.
Jamie Bell was the player of the day for his high energy and work rate in the midfield.
This Saturday the team play Northern United Debacles at Anchor Park, 2.30pm kick off.
The women’s team lost 1-0 after conceding a first half goal away to Waikato Unicol.
Larissa Hopkins went close to scoring the equaliser with several long range shots that narrowly missed.
Defender Nadia Finlayson was named player of the day.
Lynley Mourits and Mel Sullivan were other stand out players in their respective wide midfield player roles.
This Sunday the team hosts Nga¯ruawa¯hia at the Stadium, 11am kick off. Junior team results: Tornadoes 6, Ham Marist Falcons 3; Raiders 2, Claudelands Rovers 2; Pirongia Strikers 4, Ham Marist Vikings 0; Panthers 6, Northern Utd Dons 1; Hot Shots 4, Cambridge Rebels 2; Spurs 8, Vardon Wizards 2; Gunners 6, Te Ko¯whai Eagles 3; Hurricanes 8, Horotiu Panthers 1; Red Devils 4, Matamata Jets 0; Pirongia Stars 2, Raglan Urchins 0; Pirongia Stars 1, Nga¯hinapouri Blasters 0; Lightning 1, Glenview Galaxy 2; Lightning 0, Glenview Nebulas 5; Comets U12 Girls 1, Raglan Seahorses 5; O¯haupo¯ Angels U10 Girls 2, Northern Utd Firebirds 8; Galaxy U10 Girls 11, Cambridge Sparklers 1.
TE AWAMUTU premier team captain Thomas Watts (in red) gets the better of his Matamata Swifts opponent at the Stadium on Saturday.