Comag Matamata Swifts won their penultimate away game of the 2017 season, 2-1 at Rotorua United, to maintain their good recent form and keep alive their hopes of a top two finish in the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership.

It wasn’t an easy afternoon for Matamata, missing several regulars and playing against a side fighting for their Premiership survival. Jasom Khatkar and Mike Candy made their first starts for the Swifts this season and the team took a little while to get going in the challenging Neil Hunt Park conditions.

The first half was goalless, although the Swifts had two very good penalty shouts waved away after ‘fouls’ on Scott Parsonage and Brad West, while the hosts also had their opportunities.

Khatkar fired the Swifts in front not long after the break, getting on the end of a cross from West. The goal was much needed and great reward for the youngster in his first start after an impressive debut season for the club’s reserve team.

Matamata was in control but the home side was given some hope in their battle against relegation when the Swifts gifted them an equaliser with 20 minutes to go.

The Swifts continued to create chances and were also able to introduce further reserve team players Ram Singh and Blair Griffiths, in what was his first team debut.

The winner came with less than five minutes left after some sustained Swifts pressure. Dayne Willemsen finished off a good move to ensure Matamata returned home with three deserved points.

Victory moved the Swifts level on 40 points with Tauranga’s Old Blues and, with a game in hand over them and second-placed Waikato Unicol, Matamata still has a chance of finishing second. That will require wins in their final two games, which includes a visit by Melville United this Saturday then a trip to Old Blues for their final match on September 30.


Date Time League Season
September 16, 2017 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2017


Neil Hunt Park
26 Lynbert Road, Lynmore, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Rotorua United011Loss
Matamata Swifts022Win

Rotorua United

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Patrick SteeleGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
6Reuben Wigelsworth 17Midfielder0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
10Dayne WillemsenForward1000
11Sam MastersonDefender0000
16Jasom Khatkar 21Midfielder1000
18Shaun RichardsonDefender0000
22Mike Candy 15Defender0000
15Dwayne Signel 22Defender0000
17Ramandeep Shettra 6Midfielder0000
21Blair Griffiths 16Defender0000
 Total 2000