Comag Matamata Swifts suffered a 3-1 defeat at Taupo, The Soccer Shop WaiBOP Premiership leaders, on Saturday in a match that was bright, open, highly competitive and packed with the usual amount of talking points that fans come to expect from encounters between these two sides.
Both sides had a range of good chances throughout, with Dwayne Signal, Chris Walker and Brad West all going so close for the Swifts, while Seamus Casey and the Matamata defence were also kept extremely busy. But, from a Matamata perspective, several big calls appeared to influence the outcome of the match.
Taupo went ahead from the penalty spot after a clear foul, but that lead came not long after a seemingly on-side Chris Walker had his neat finish chalked out by the assistant referee’s flag. The frustration of that call was compounded six minutes from half time when Taupo doubled their lead from an excellent finish that was, unfortunately, allowed to stand despite a clear off-side in the build-up to the goal.
Both sides put pressure on the match officials with niggly fouls and an aggressive approach and this came back to bite the Swifts midway through the second half.
Bjorn Vossen was clattered in the box in what seemed an obvious foul, given what had had been penalised in other areas of the pitch throughout the game, but the penalty wasn’t given and his reaction drew a warranted red card. This appeared a highly selective decision, however, given the abuse from both sides (and spectators) that had been allowed to pass earlier.
Down to ten men, Matamata could have folded but they then had their most settled period of the game. Walker was fouled in the box only minutes later. This time the penalty was awarded and Jamie Baxter converted.
The Swifts pressed and came close to an equaliser when Taupo’s keeper all but threw the ball into his own net, but Taupo had the final say. They broke with pace three minutes into added time and finished clinically to put the game to bed.
|June 15, 2019||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2019|
|135 Taharepa Road, Tauhara, Taupo 3330, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|3||Chris Monteith 24||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|4||Jamie Baxter 22||Midfielder||1||0||0||0|
|22||Mike Candy 4||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|24||Ramandeep Shettra 3||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|