It was a quiet weekend for Matamata Swifts as the FIFA U-20 World Cup Final meant much of the region’s club football was deferred, but one senior team still made it onto the field.
Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies 2-0 Cambridge
Waikato Ladies Division B
The Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies team scored their most impressive win of the season defeating previously unbeaten Cambridge at the Domain on Sunday.
In a performance full of heart and character, Matamata began well and didn’t let up. Patrice Adamson and Mikaela Paradizo netted the vital goals but the entire squad of players contributed to the result.
Matamata’s intensity was high right from the first whistle to the final one. The result, an important milestone for this young and developing side, was built on a tigerish defensive effort, complete commitment and two well taken first half goals. Keeper, Ana Paterson, kept another clean sheet, while Adamson and youngster, Braxton Evans, were key performers in an outstanding team performance.
Before the match both sides had been level on points on the table, but Cambridge had sat in second thanks to their healthy goal difference and the fact they hadn’t played leaders Hamilton Wanderers. Matamata now jumps three points clear of Cambridge and has the prize of a top two finish well within their grasp.
The Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts, Richardson Racing Stables Swifts Reserves and the Swifts’ 8th to Open Grade Juniors had no games at the weekend due to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Final and 3rd Place games being played on Saturday.