Saturday’s WaiBOP Premiership match at the Domain looked daunting enough as the Swifts hosted an undefeated Ngaruawahia United side that had just defeated a National League club in their most recent Chatham Cup game. Added to that, Matamata was, as has often been the case recently, missing players due to injury, suspension and absence so the players could have been forgiven for thinking they were properly up against it.

But a positive approach and a solid defensive effort helped frustrate the visitors and kept the Swifts in the contest. Ngaruawahia squeezed one goal home during the first half to take a lead into the break. They doubled their tally on the hour mark through a goal that should have been avoided to complete the final 2-0 score line, but the threadbare Swifts squad put up the sort of fight that will be needed in the weeks ahead.

Jamie Baxter led the side well, while Ellis Breadmore put in nearly a full ninety minutes on his return from injury.


Date Time League Season
June 12, 2021 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2021


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts000Loss
Ngaruawahia United112Win

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Andrew GibbsGoalkeeper0000
3Adam HarrisDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
6Chris LeeMidfielder0000
7Radge Avergonzado 13Midfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
10Anton GanasMidfielder0000
11Ellis BreadmoreForward0000
15Blair GriffithsDefender0000
23Troy RosserMidfielder0000
25Jordan GriffithsMidfielder0000
13Finn Challis 7Defender0000
16Pete ShannonMidfielder0000
26Mathew PottsMidfielder0000
 Total 0000

Ngaruawahia United

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards