Foot­ball loss ends TA’s four game win streak

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Mata­mata ended Te Awa­mutu’s four game win­ning streak in Waibop Foot­ball pre­mier­ship with a 2-1 vic­tory at the Mata­mata Do­main.

The Ed­monds Judd spon­sored Te Awa­mutu team went into Satur­day’s game keen to avenge the 4-0 loss to the hosts in their ear­lier sea­son en­counter.

Coach Joe Gif­ford re­ports that his side bat­tled hard all game long and nar­rowly missed se­cur­ing a point out of the game when a half-vol­ley shot from St­ef­fan Foulkes crashed against the cross­bar.

In­stead, the team only had a sin­gle goal from Foulkes to show for their ef­forts.

Mata­mata struck early through Bray­den Liss­ing­ton, then dou­bled their lead with 20 min­utes left when Jamie Bax­ter scored from the penalty spot.

Trail­ing 2-0 deep into the se­cond half, Thomas Gif­ford, in his first game for the Prems since re­turn­ing from in­jury, linked with mid­fielder Theo Petropo­los be­fore send­ing a per­fectly weighted cross for Foulkes to latch on to and head the ball past the keeper at the near post.

Foulkes’ goal was small con­so­la­tion in a match they prob­a­bly should have taken a point from.

In the end one de­fen­sive mis­take and a penalty kick was all it took for Mata­mata to take their scor­ing chances as well as all three com­pe­ti­tion points on of­fer.

Te Awa­mutu de­fender Richard Wilkins was at his men­ac­ing best cut­ting out the Mata­mata play­ers’ at­tacks.

The player of the day award went Petropo­los.

The loss drops Te Awa­mutu into eighth spot among a tightly con­gested group of five teams jostling to fin­ish the sea­son in the top half of the 12 team league.

Te Awa­mutu play their last home game of the sea­son against third placed Waikato Uni­col at the Sta­dium, 2.45pm kick off this Satur­day. Ju­nior re­sults: Tor­na­does 9, Te Kauwhata 2; Raiders 0, Cam­bridge 2; Pan­thers 6, Mata­mata 0; Piron­gia Strik­ers 3, Mata­mata 1; Hot­shots 3, Cam­bridge Rebels 2; Spurs 3, North­ern Utd Sevilla 2; Gun­ners 5, Wood­stock Tigers 8; Hur­ri­canes 3, Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers 0; Ter­ri­ers 0, North­ern Utd Leopards 0; Light­ning 1,¯ North­ern Utd Leopards 5; Ohaupo¯ An­gels 3, North­ern Utd Fire­birds 2; Comets 3, Cam­bridge 6; Galaxy Girls 3, North­ern Utd Giants 3.

Photo / Sup­plied

Te Awa­mutu’s pre­mier­ship team player of the day Theo Petropoloshere in ac­tion against Mata­mata on Satur­day.

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