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.


Date Time League Season
March 28, 2015 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2015


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts000Loss
Cambridge FC314Win

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Matt AberhartGoalkeeper0000
3Sam MastersonDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
13Lawrence Clothier 12Midfielder0000
15Will JudsonDefender0000
16Ronan CostelloMidfielder0000
19Dwayne SignelDefender0000
20Jackson AllenDefender0000
12Joe Tompsett 14Defender0000
14Logan Allen 12Forward0000
 Total 0000

Cambridge FC

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards