Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts 2-2 Waikato Unicol
Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts recovered from two goal half time deficit on Saturday to snatch a point from a 2-2 draw against Waikato Unicol, one of the WaiBOP Premiership’s 2016 title favourites.
In truth, the Swifts could well have taken all three points after creating a host of second half opportunities. But a draw was enough to keep their unbeaten start to the season going and spoke volumes for the powers of recovery in a side that seems a very different proposition to that of recent seasons.
Matamata’s Joe Tompsett had the game’s first opportunity but the visitors went ahead inside five minutes when they broke the Swifts off-side trap and finished emphatically past goalie, Jordan Wise.
Both sides created several half chances during the remainder of the opening period, but it was the visitors who capitalised with the game’s second goal. A good strike, on the angle and from distance, gave Unicol a two goal cushion.
The Swifts’ comeback began just after the hour mark when defender, Chris Monteith, poked the ball home from a Jamie Baxter free kick. The goal sparked wave after wave of Matamata attacks in what became a clinic on how to press an opponent into submission, and also one in how not to finish them off. Tompsett, Brad West and Scott Parsonage had the best openings, but the elusive goal eventually came with five minutes left.
Dwayne Signal, who not long before had sent a header narrowly over the cross bar, took aim from outside the box and arrowed the ball home for a goal that owed much to placement over power. It was the least Matamata deserved from an entertaining match against a good Unicol side.
|April 9, 2016||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2016|
|7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|7||Brad West 3||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|13||Lawrence Clothier 4||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|3||Shaun Richardson 7||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|4||Jamie Baxter 13||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|