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.


Date Time League Season
September 5, 2020 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2020


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts202Win
Huntly Thistle101Loss

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Kyle van WaverenGoalkeeper0000
3Adam HarrisDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
6Reuben Wigelsworth 8Midfielder0000
7Brad West 13Midfielder0000
10Anton GanasMidfielder0000
15Blair GriffithsDefender0000
16Pete ShannonMidfielder1000
20Bjorn Vossen 22Defender1000
21Campbell Higgins 12Defender0000
24Nathan FareyMidfielder0000
8Chris Lee 6Midfielder0000
9Troy RosserMidfielder0000
12Mike Smith 21Midfielder0000
13Finn Challis 7Defender0000
22Hayri Cihan 20Forward0000
 Total 2000

Huntly Thistle

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards