Cambridge 1-2 Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts
Loaded WaiBOP Premiership

Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts have beaten 2015 Loaded WaiBOP Premiership champions, Cambridge, 2-1 in a tight contest at John Kerkhof Park to maintain third spot in the Waikato Bay of Plenty’s top football league.

The Swifts’ victory was built on a strong defensive showing against one of the league’s top scoring teams, with only a controversial free kick right on half time blotting the team’s copy book. Before that, however, Matamata had looked good going forward, albeit in a match of few true scoring chances.

Chris Walker, in his first start for the Swifts, opened the scoring just inside 20 minutes when he capitalised on a defensive blunder to roll the ball into an empty net. With Matamata missing a number of regular starters Walker, and several others, were thrust into this derby contest and responded well.

Jordane Lambert drew his usual number of fouls during the first half as he and Walker prodded and probed the Cambridge defence, off the back of a strong showing from Matamata’s midfield. The equaliser was a blow, coming as it did so close to the break, but the team responded well during the second half.

Matamata had to deal with a barrage of long balls during the early and mid-stages of the second half as Cambridge forced a number set-pieces. But the newly put together back four, along with keeper Jordan Wise, didn’t buckle. The team’s defensive heroics were rewarded with less than ten minutes to go when, following a corner, the Cambridge goalie threw the ball into his own net under pressure from Dwayne Signal.

This was Matamata’s first win in Cambridge since 2010 and moved the team to within three points of the top of the table.


Date Time League Season
June 11, 2016 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2016


John Kerkhof Park
28/46 Vogel Street, Cambridge 3434, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Cambridge FC101Loss
Matamata Swifts112Win

Cambridge FC

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jordan WiseGoalkeeper0000
2Gary DobsonDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
7Brad West 3Midfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
9Jordane Lambert 13Midfielder0000
10Andrew ClothierForward0000
11Sam MastersonDefender0000
16Chris Walker 17Forward1000
18Shaun RichardsonDefender0000
19Dwayne SignelDefender0000
3Hardeep Shettra 7Defender0000
13Lawrence Clothier 9Midfielder0000
17Logan Raynel 16Midfielder0000
 Total 1000