The Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts made the worst conceivable start against the Premiership favourites, gifting the visitors a two goal lead inside ten minutes. The Swifts made a couple of major defensive errors under little pressure that led directly to clinically taken goals. That start made what was initially a difficult job a nigh on impossible one for a shell-shocked Swifts outfit.
The visitors went three up on 20 minutes when ex-Swift, Glen Carmichael, was given too much time in the Swifts box. His effort was tipped onto the cross bar by Matt Aberhart, a late call-up in goal after regular keeper Jordan Wise cried off with illness, but the rebound was bundled home to effectively end the match as a contest.
After eventually sorting out their defensive deficiencies the Swifts came more into the game and they began the second half a different side. Both Jamie Baxter and Dwayne Signal had excellent chances to reduce the deficit, while Cambridge was reduced to sporadic raids forward.
Somewhat cruelly, the visitors were handed a fourth goal with just over 20 minutes remaining when the Swifts put through their own net.
While the result was a disappointing one, the Swifts coaching staff will have seen enough from their players to work with as the season advances. Lesson number one will be to not make it easy for good sides to put you away. With four players on debut at this level, and over half the squad still in their teens, this side is a work in progress. Jackson Allen and Ronan Costello, two of the debutants, were solid for the Swifts, as was midfielder Dwayne Signal.
|March 28, 2015||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2015|
|7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|13||Lawrence Clothier 12||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|12||Joe Tompsett 14||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|14||Logan Allen 12||Forward||0||0||0||0|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|