All the goals came in the first half on Saturday, as the Swifts went behind from the penalty spot early on before scoring twice to win 2-1. After the early set-back, Matamata clawed themselves level just before the half hour when Pete Shannon nodded home an Anton Ganas cross.
There was a long delay not long before the break following a head clash that saw a player from each side forced out of the game. Upon resumption, and two minutes into added time, Matamata was awarded a penalty of their own. Captain, Bjorn Vossen, powered it home to give the Swifts the lead.
The second half was a battle of attrition, as the appalling Domain surface and scrappy opponents helped keep the game close. Matamata survived a late scare when a miss-hit cross rebounded away off Kyle van Waveren’s upright, but it was a piece of luck the Swifts deserved as they had the better of the game. Anything but a home victory would have been a harsh outcome.
|September 5, 2020||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2020|
|7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|1||Kyle van Waveren||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0|
|6||Reuben Wigelsworth 8||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|7||Brad West 13||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|20||Bjorn Vossen 22||Defender||1||0||0||0|
|21||Campbell Higgins 12||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|8||Chris Lee 6||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|12||Mike Smith 21||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|13||Finn Challis 7||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|22||Hayri Cihan 20||Forward||0||0||0||0|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|