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.
|July 7, 2018||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2018|
|205 Silverdale Road, University of Waikato, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|6||Reuben Wigelsworth 8||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|12||Mike Smith 2||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|2||Radge Avergonzado 12||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|8||Scott Parsonage 6||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|