Matamata Swifts’ men’s 1st and reserve teams succumbed to the weather and other forces this week on what was a challenging Saturday afternoon for football.
Comag Matamata Swifts fell at the first hurdle of this year’s ISPS Handa Chatham Cup after seeing a 2-0 halftime lead against Ngaruawahia United turned into a 3-2 deficit by full time. Kody Nowell, fresh off the aeroplane, was in the action early with a debut competitive first team goal inside ten minutes.
Nowell scored a second seven minutes before the break to give Matamata a comfortable lead on the scoresheet after what had been anything but a comfortable half of football. Ngaruawahia had their chances and were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty that could have levelled the scores.
The visitors were level within a quarter hour of the restart after the Swifts failed to clear a couple of set pieces in the slick conditions. Despite that set-back, the Swifts had multiple chances to go back in front, including a great penalty shout of their own.
Their profligacy came back to haunt them right on time, however, when Ngaruawahia was awarded a contentious spot kick, which they converted to win and progress to the next round.
|April 28, 2018||2:00 pm||Chatham Cup||2018|
|7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand|
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