Comag Matamata Swifts recorded their first draw of the season on Saturday after being held 1-1 at the Domain by visitors Taupo.
With a top two spot still a realistic proposition Matamata began brightly against a Taupo side that had also come to play. The slick conditions produced an open encounter but neither could find the back of the net during the first half. Having said that, the Swifts did score when Glen Carmichael nipped in front of the keeper to fire home but the ‘goal’ was inexplicably ruled out.
Matamata also missed an open goal from a header, while Chris Walker grazed an upright during the first half. Taupo also hit an upright, which was the closest they came from the good number of chances they created.
Reuben Wigelsworth opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half when he rifled home from outside the box, but Matamata’s hard earned lead was thrown away ten minutes later. The Swifts failed to deal with a routine long ball and Taupo slid the ball home from the resulting scramble.
Half chances continued to come at both ends but neither side quite had the quality to win the game.
|September 9, 2017||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2017|
|7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|7||Brad West 13||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|13||Lawrence Clothier 7||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|