It was another case of what could have been for Comag Matamata Swifts on Saturday, as they went down 1-0 to WaiBOP Premiership title chasers, Waikato Unicol, after creating enough chances to have taken more from the match.
Down to the bare bones, due to an injury list as long as Nile River, the Swifts were forced to sit in and look to counter their polished opponents. Unicol, as a result, had more of the ball but the Swifts were able to largely keep them at arm’s length.
Both sides created several big chances in each half, with Chris Walker and Radge Avergonzado going close in the first half for Matamata. The visitors took the lead not long after the break, but youngsters Anton Ganas and Sam Hills pulled out top drawer saves from Unicol’s keeper during the second half to preserve their advantage.
Two more youngsters, Karam Singh and Adam Harris, on debut, were introduced in the second half but Matamata was unable to find the goal that would have given them a deserved share of the spoils. Such has been the way of it of late.