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.


Date Time League Season
August 11, 2018 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2018


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts333Win
Tauranga BC FC011Loss

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Karam SinghMidfielder0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder1000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
6Reuben WigelsworthMidfielder0000
7Brad West 22Midfielder0000
13Dwayne SignelDefender0000
15Brayden LissingtonMidfielder1000
16Chris Walker 8Forward1000
17Hardy Rosas 12Forward0000
18Andrew ClothierForward0000
20Bjorn VossenDefender0000
2Radge AvergonzadoMidfielder0000
8Scott Parsonage 16Midfielder0000
12Mike Smith 17Midfielder0000
21Sean KippingMidfielder0000
22Hardeep Shettra 7Defender0000
 Total 3000

Tauranga BC FC

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards