Comag Matamata Swifts’ late season run in The Soccer Shop WaiBOP Premiership continued apace on Saturday as Hardy Rosas’ added time goal gave the team a 2-1 victory at Ngaruawahia United and moved them into the top five.

For so long the 2019 season had been one of struggle and injury for Matamata and, as late as mid-July, looked like being one in which relegation was a very real prospect. But a run of four wins and two draws in their last six games, due mainly to a renewed confidence in front of goal, has more than lifted the gloom.

At Ngaruawahia on Saturday the Swifts began slowly, yet again, but finished by far the stronger of the two sides. As in the reverse fixture the hosts took an early lead but unlike that day, when the Swifts struck seven times in reply, this match was a far tighter contest.

While Matamata grew into a position of strength in the match it took until just after the hour mark for them to find a goal. Leading scorer, Chris Walker, was played in by Andrew Clothier and finished neatly for his tenth goal of the season.

Matamata continued to threaten but struggled to find a way through the well organised Ngaruawahia defense. Just as it looked like both sides would share the spoils substitute Rosas decided to have the final say, firing home two minutes into added time for what proved to be the game’s defining moment.

Pleasingly, Matamata was able to give youngsters Sam Hills, Adam Harris and Anton Ganas more minutes as the side develops ahead of the 2020 season.

The Swifts still have two matches remaining as they wind down their 2019 campaign. It continues at Otumoetai, the team currently in second spot, this Saturday.


Date Time League Season
August 31, 2019 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2019


Centennial Park
40 Whatawhata Ave, Ngaruawahia 3720, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Ngaruawahia United101Loss
Matamata Swifts022Win

Ngaruawahia United

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Seamus CaseyGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
6Reuben WigelsworthMidfielder0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
8Scott Parsonage 5Midfielder0000
9Chris WalkerForward1000
10Andrew ClothierForward0000
19Hayden Turlington 23Forward0000
20Bjorn VossenDefender0000
21Sam Hills 18Forward0000
22Mike Candy 8Defender0000
5Adam Harris 8Defender0000
23Anton Ganas 19Midfielder0000
18Hardy Rosas 21Forward1000
 Total 2000