Comag Matamata Swifts rebounded from their defeat in Taupo with a hard fought, incident packed 2-1 victory over West Hamilton United on Saturday.
The Swifts welcomed back 2017 Loaded WaiBOP Premiership top scorer, Chris Walker, as a direct replacement for captain Dayne Willemsen and it was Walker’s opening goal that separated the sides after a tense first half.
The visitors had more possession and forced countless corners during the first half, but did little with their advantage. Matamata, with new captain Bjorn Vossen to the fore, dealt with the set-pieces and countless other long balls better than they have for most of the season and that defensive resilience was rewarded with Walker’s goal on the counter three minutes before the break.
After the break the game opened up a bit more. Matamata eventually took advantage of the visitors’ desperation when Brad West doubled their lead with a neat drive inside the final twenty minutes.
There was further late drama as one of West Hamilton’s players was seriously injured and, during the long delay, Vossen was shown his second yellow card for an unrelated incident. When the match finally resumed West Hamilton, with a one man advantage, found a goal their performance merited but the Swifts held on for a much needed three points.
|June 23, 2018||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2018|
|7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|1||Kyle van Waveren||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0|
|12||Mike Smith 8||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|16||Chris Walker 11||Forward||1||0||0||0|
|8||Scott Parsonage 12||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|11||Hayden Turlington 16||Forward||0||0||0||0|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|