Comag Matamata Swifts have completed a Loaded WaiBOP Premiership league double over Waikato Unicol after returning from Hamilton’s Jansen Park on Saturday with a 2-1 victory in the bank.

A week after Matamata had lost by the same score at lowly Tauranga Blue Rovers, the Swifts secured three important points to stay on the fringes of the 2018 title race.

As expected, Matamata had to soak up a lot of early pressure. Unicol has been one of the form teams over the last couple of months and showed why. The Swifts, missing three senior strikers, had Mike Smith pressed into an unfamiliar role. He, along with captain Bjorn Vossen, who was back in the side after suspension, kept the ship steady and allowed their team to grow into the game.

Brad West opened the scoring on the half hour mark, showing strength to hold off his marker before finishing nicely for his sixth goal of the season.

Matamata held their lead into half time and beyond, but Unicol were always a threat to level. They finally managed their goal well into the second half to set up a grandstand finish between two sides that knew a point was next to worthless.

Fortune this week shone on the Swifts as they were awarded a penalty in the final minute of the match, setting up the opportunity to claim a big victory. Jamie Baxter stroked the ball home to the delight of his team mates.


Date Time League Season
July 7, 2018 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2018


Waikato University
205 Silverdale Road, University of Waikato, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Waikato Unicol011Loss
Matamata Swifts112Win

Waikato Unicol

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Matt AberhartGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder1000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
6Reuben Wigelsworth 8Midfielder0000
7Brad WestMidfielder1000
12Mike Smith 2Midfielder0000
13Dwayne SignelDefender0000
15Brayden LissingtonMidfielder0000
17Hardy RosasForward0000
20Bjorn VossenDefender0000
22Hardeep ShettraDefender0000
2Radge Avergonzado 12Midfielder0000
8Scott Parsonage 6Midfielder0000
 Total 2000