Two of the three Matamata Swifts senior sides suffered unexpected defeats at the weekend, but the Swifts reserves finally found themselves back in the winners’ circle.
Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts 1-3 Papamoa FC
Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts put in their most lamentable 45 minute performance of the season on Saturday in shipping three first half goals against Papamoa at the Domain.
The visitors found themselves two goals up after barely 10 minutes in an opening that, for Matamata, bore a frightening resemblance to some of their performances in early 2014. Papamoa grabbed their third on the half hour when one of their strikers was put through unopposed on goal. The goal was a virtual carbon copy of the first two and pretty much sealed the result.
The Swifts were better after the break and went close to getting a goal back in the opening stages of the second half, but Murray McKenzie fired straight at Papamoa’s keeper. Matamata huffed and puffed and had the better of the second half, but took until near the end to finally get their goal. Young substitute, Logan Allen, rose well to head home a Jamie Baxter cross but that was all Matamata could muster.
While the Swifts are still a relatively young side, they had enough experience on the pitch to do better during the first half. The side should be back to full strength for next Saturday’s match and will be looking to put in the sort of effort that consigns matches like this to the history books.
Richardson Racing Stables Swifts Reserves 2-1 Te Awamutu
In the early game on Saturday, Richardson Racing Stables Swifts reserves eked out a deserved win over Te Awamutu but they made pretty hard work of it.
Matamata generally had the better of the first half, but apart from several half chances didn’t put as much concerted pressure on the visiting keeper as the coaching staff would have expected.
Keeper, Matt Aberhart, had an easy ride during the first half but was called into action on three separate occasions after the break to keep the reserves in the game. His efforts were rewarded when Matt Monteith netted Matamata’s opener inside the final ten minutes. Young substitute, Reuben Wigelsworth, doubled Matamata’s lead only minutes later with his first senior goal.
The visitors ensured the match would remain interesting right to the end, scoring almost immediately after Matamata’s second, but the reserves comfortably ran the game out to secure a league double over Te Awamutu.
Ngaruawahia 3-1 Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies
Waikato Ladies Division B
Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies suffered a shock defeat at bottom placed Ngaruawahia on Sunday, severely denting their chances of finishing in the top two after Waikato Division B’s first round.
Playing against a side that had not won all season, Matamata would have been expected to win comfortably. Instead, they found themselves level at one apiece at the break. Krystal Morrison scored the goal, her fifth of the season.
Looking to kick on after the break, Matamata instead conceded twice against a side that grew stronger as the game went on. This was only the ladies’ second defeat of the season and meant they’ve lost to both the top and the bottom sides in the league.