The Swifts fell 3-1 to title contenders Taupo as they failed to match the visitors during a stormy second half. Little of note happened during the bulk of the first period before the two sides traded goals in the lead up to half time. A prone Hardeep Singh received a decent kicking which led to a penalty for Matamata, comfortably converted by Jamie Baxter. Within a minute, however, Taupo was level as Matamata was caught napping at the back.

Taupo found themselves in front not long after half time after benefitting from the Swifts’ failure to clear a corner, then extended their lead after a swift counter and superb finish.

As much as both sides contributed to the game, Matamata’s players will be upset with the amount of possession they gifted to the visitors. In what was an eminently winnable match they allowed Taupo to leave with what was ultimately a fairly comfortable victory.

Some overly creative officiating led to both sides ending with ten players thanks to a couple of sending offs, after much worse had been allowed to pass earlier.


Date Time League Season
July 14, 2018 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2018


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts101Loss

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Matt AberhartGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder1000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
6Reuben WigelsworthMidfielder0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
9Kody Nowell 2Forward0000
12Mike Smith 17Midfielder0000
13Dwayne SignelDefender0000
20Bjorn VossenDefender0000
21Sean KippingMidfielder0000
22Hardeep Shettra 8Defender0000
2Radge Avergonzado 9Midfielder0000
8Scott Parsonage 22Midfielder0000
17Hardy Rosas 12Forward0000
 Total 1000


Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards