Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts fought their way to a nervous, but ultimately well deserved, come from behind win against Rotorua United on Saturday.

After observing a minute’s silence in memory of club legend, Eric van Waveren, Matamata started well but fell behind on 20 minutes when the visitors struck on the counter. A quick attack caught the back four out of position and led to a free header in front of goal that was comfortably dispatched.

Matamata struck back within eight minutes. After already looking dangerous from set-pieces, Jamie Baxter swung in another teasing free kick which Logan Allen poked home for the equaliser. The Swifts had good opportunities to go in front before the break, most notably through Scott Parsonage, but couldn’t break the deadlock.

The Swifts had the best of the second half, but had to wait until the 70th minute before they found the goal they craved. It came from another Baxter free kick, which rebounded to Jackson Allen who gleefully volleyed home. Matamata had a couple of excellent late chances through substitute, Ronan Costello, to stretch their victory margin, but in the end had done enough to bag an important three points.

Matamata appears to be far more comfortable playing at the Domain in 2015, which is just as well as three of their final four games this season are at home.


Date Time League Season
August 29, 2015 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2015


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts112Win
Rotorua United101Loss

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jordan WiseGoalkeeper0000
2Gary DobsonDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
12Joe TompsettDefender0000
14Logan Allen 16Forward0000
15Will Judson 17Defender0000
19Dwayne SignelDefender0000
20Jackson AllenDefender0000
16Ronan Costello 14Midfielder0000
17Chris Monteith 15Defender0000
 Total 0000

Rotorua United

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards