Cambridge 2-3 COMAG Matamata Swifts
Loaded WaiBOP Premiership

COMAG Matamata Swifts continued their excellent recent form with a 3-2 win at neighbours Cambridge on Saturday and now sit just one point off the lead of the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership.

The Swifts began with a bang with a third consecutive fast start in a game that increasingly became a tense and niggly affair. Leading scorer Chris Walker slipped home two goals inside the first ten minutes to give Matamata an ideal beginning against bewildered opposition.

But Cambridge worked themselves back into the match and snatched a goal back before the break, although Walker was then denied his second hat trick in two games when he hit the crossbar. Thus the lead stayed at one goal. It wouldn’t be a Swifts game without hitting the woodwork so it was good to get that out of the way reasonably early.

Worse was to come for the Swifts when Cambridge was awarded a disputed penalty just after the hour, which they converted to level things up. Only minutes later, however, Jamie Baxter struck from a corner with what would turn out to be a deserved winner, both for Matamata and the veteran centre half.

The Swifts moved to twelve points from their five games and now sit a point behind league leaders Taupo, who defeated previous leaders Unicol on Saturday.

Match pics here.

Matamata takes a break from league action this coming Saturday when they host Auckland-based side Onehunga Mangere United in the latest round of the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup. Onehunga Mangere play in the league directly above the Swifts so this will be a great opportunity to see how the team goes against stronger opposition. The match kicks off at 2pm at the Domain.


Date Time League Season
May 6, 2017 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2017


John Kerkhof Park
28/46 Vogel Street, Cambridge 3434, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Cambridge FC112Loss
Matamata Swifts213Win

Cambridge FC

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Patrick SteeleGoalkeeper0000
2Gary DobsonDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder1000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
7Brad West 22Midfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
9Chris WalkerForward0000
10Dayne Willemsen 19Forward2000
11Sam MastersonDefender0000
13Glen CarmichaelMidfielder0000
18Shaun RichardsonDefender0000
19Logan Raynel 10Midfielder0000
22Mike Candy 7Defender0000
 Total 3000