Captain, Bjorn Vossen, struck a goal in each half to secure Comag Matamata Swifts a bruising 2-0 victory over Ngaruawahia United at the Domain on Saturday.
The visitors, among the favourites for the 2020 WaiBOP Premiership title, were looking to rebound from defeat last time out, but were stunned as early as the 4th minute when Vossen gave the locals the lead.
A poor Domain playing surface forced both sides to modify their usual playing styles, leading to an open, competitive and niggly encounter, but one with few genuine chances.
The Swifts back four, marshalled superbly by Campbell Higgens, were secure most of the time and desperate when they needed to be, while Anton Ganas, Reuben Wigelsworth, and Vossen in midfield threatened going forward and shut down their opposite numbers throughout.
The visitors were reduced to ten men with more than twenty minutes remaining. When Ganas was tripped in the Ngaruawahia box with just over ten minutes left, Vossen was charged with securing the points from the spot. Ex-Swifts keeper, Patrick Steele, guessed correctly but Vossen’s shot was powerful enough to ruffle the back of the net and give the Swifts an important three points.
Special mention should go to stand-in Swifts keeper, Michael Candy. He hadn’t touched a football since 2019, and then as a centre-half, but was thrust in nets as cover for the suspended Kyle van Waveren and kept a deserved clean sheet.
|July 4, 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|
|10||Anton Ganas 23||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|11||Alex Mukaka 12||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|16||Pete Shannon 18||Forward||0||0||0||0|
|12||Mike Smith 11||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|18||Sam Hills 16||Forward||0||0||0||0|
|23||Karam Singh 10||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|