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.


Date Time League Season
April 28, 2018 2:00 pm Chatham Cup 2018


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts202Loss
Ngaruawahia United033Win

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Matt AberhartGoalkeeper0000
2Radge AvergonzadoMidfielder0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
6Reuben WigelsworthMidfielder0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
9Kody NowellForward2000
10Dayne WillemsenForward0000
11Hayden TurlingtonForward0000
15Brayden LissingtonMidfielder0000
 Total 2000

Ngaruawahia United

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards