Vis­it­ing Swifts run away with foot­ball prems win

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

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.

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TE AWA­MUTU premier team cap­tain Thomas Watts (in red) gets the bet­ter of his Mata­mata Swifts op­po­nent at the Sta­dium on Satur­day.

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