Comag Matamata Swifts’ match against Huntly began well, but ultimately ended in a frustrating and unnecessary 3-2 defeat. The Swifts should have been two up before Jamie Baxter netted from the penalty inside ten minutes.

Another penalty soon after, was spurned, but Matamata’s relentless attacking and the visitors’ reckless defending should have led to the award of two further spot kicks. Two further gilt edged opportunities were also spurned.

Right on half time, Huntly levelled the scores with a superb long range goal, then hit the upright almost instantly. Two minutes into the second half, however, the visitors did take the lead, although this time the goal was not so superb, especially from a Swifts defending point of view.

Huntly were much better during the second half but, after Adam Harris volleyed home from a free kick to get Matamata level, the home side should have gone on to take all three points. Indeed, the Swifts hit the woodwork and sent three over the top during the final quarter.

Of course, that left Huntly with the chance to find a winner, which they did in added time. In many ways the goal summed up, in microcosm, the match from a Matamata perspective.


Date Time League Season
May 8, 2021 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2021


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts112Loss
Huntly Thistle123Win

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Andrew GibbsGoalkeeper0000
3Adam HarrisDefender1000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder1000
7Radge Avergonzado 21Midfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
9Chris WalkerForward0000
10Anton GanasMidfielder0000
15Blair GriffithsDefender0000
16Pete Shannon 2Midfielder0000
19Sam MastersonDefender0000
23Troy Rosser 26Midfielder0000
2Reagen Powell 16Defender0000
21Alex Mukuka 7Midfielder0000
26Mathew Potts 23Midfielder0000
 Total 2000

Huntly Thistle

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards