Comag Matamata Swifts put in one of their strongest 45 minutes of the season on Saturday, which was enough to defeat current Loaded WaiBOP Premiership leaders Tauranga Boys’ 3-1 at the Domain.
The visitors have been one of the most impressive teams this season, but were stung early when Chris Walker shut down a Tauranga defender and squared for Brayden Lissington who hammered home his fifth goal in four games.
Tauranga looked good in possession and were given several attacking set-pieces, as well as winning a number of corners. The Swifts defence dealt well with everything that came at them, however, which gave young debutant keeper Karam Singh a relatively comfortable introduction to first team football.
Walker was back in the action just before the half hour when he was brought down in the box and a penalty awarded, which Jamie Baxter smacked home to double Matamata’s lead. Only a few minutes later the goal of the game saw Matamata break quickly, with Lissington feeding Walker who lifted the ball home to gain a tangible reward for an excellent first half performance.
The dynamic of the game changed six minutes into the second half when the visitors were given a huge advantage after a nonsense red card saw the Swifts reduced to ten men. As a result, Matamata was forced to dig in and the visitors gained more possession, which they capitalised on almost immediately to grab a goal back from a neat angled finish.
But that’s all they could muster. They went close again a couple of times, but the Swifts held their shape well throughout the remainder of the match to secure a deserved victory.
|August 11, 2018||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2018|
|7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Tauranga BC FC||0||1||1||Loss|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|7||Brad West 22||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|16||Chris Walker 8||Forward||1||0||0||0|
|17||Hardy Rosas 12||Forward||0||0||0||0|
|8||Scott Parsonage 16||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|12||Mike Smith 17||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|22||Hardeep Shettra 7||Defender||0||0||0||0|
Tauranga BC FC
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|