Matamata Swifts v Melville Utd

Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts ended their season as they have often ended games this season, with a narrow defeat that, with a bit more incisiveness and concentration, should have been a victory. The Swifts didn’t help themselves early on, putting through their own net twice inside the first quarter hour to give the visitors, who were superbly attired in Matamata’s away kit, a two goal cushion that could easily have been avoided. But...

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Mike Candy
Sep20

Mike Candy

Swifts debut: 2015.

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Matamata Swifts v Waikato Unicol

Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts have slumped to a disappointing defeat against a lively Waikato Unicol outfit in their penultimate home game of the season. The Swifts were second best for most of this match and trailed by a goal at the break. It could have been worse, however, after Unicol were awarded a penalty but they failed to convert. Two Swifts defensive errors during the opening stages of the second half allowed the visitors to...

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Matamata Swifts v Old Blues
Sep12

Matamata Swifts v Old Blues

In a match that was a microcosm of their season, the Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts had most of the play and the better chances but found themselves on the end of another frustratingly narrow defeat against one of the WaiBOP Premiership’s top four teams. The Swifts had the majority of the possession in this match and looked good at times, if not overly incisive, against a team that was set up to frustrate and attack on the counter. Brad...

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Katikati v Matamata Swifts

Young Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts striker, Joe Tompsett, had an eventful afternoon as his team battled the conditions, desperate opponents and some interesting decisions to give interim coach, Paul Richardson his second win on the trot. Tompsett scored the only goal of the game 26 seconds in, then found himself very harshly sent off with more than half an hour to go. The goal, Tompsett’s first for the Swifts, was excellent reward for...

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Matamata Swifts v Rotorua United
Aug29

Matamata Swifts v Rotorua United

Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts fought their way to a nervous, but ultimately well deserved, come from behind win against Rotorua United on Saturday. After observing a minute’s silence in memory of club legend, Eric van Waveren, Matamata started well but fell behind on 20 minutes when the visitors struck on the counter. A quick attack caught the back four out of position and led to a free header in front of goal that was comfortably...

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Tauranga Boys College v Matamata Swifts
Aug22

Tauranga Boys College v Matamata Swifts

Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts have fallen to another away defeat, this time by the narrowest of margins and courtesy of a penalty. In fact, in a match almost completely bereft of anything resembling clear cut goal scoring opportunities, it seemed the only way either side would score was from the spot. The hosts were handed their chance just after 20 minutes in the first half, when one of their attackers was tripped in the box. They...

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Waikato Unicol v Matamata Swifts

Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts suffered another fruitless afternoon away from home on an afternoon where the conditions made the match a battle of attrition rather than a footballing classic. Buoyed by their previous week’s performance the Swifts began brightly against one of the Premiership’s pre-season favourites. Like the Swifts, however, Unicol have been inconsistent over the second half of the season. That meant both sides were...

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Cullen Tappin
Aug01
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Matamata Swifts v Ngongotaha
Aug01

Matamata Swifts v Ngongotaha

The curse of the Matamata Domain again struck Ngongotaha when a seemingly understrength Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts twice came from behind to hold the Premiership title challangers to a surprise draw. For the third season in a row Matamata pulled off a result against Ngongotaha at home and all three times the visitors had been well in the title frame. This result was probably the most unlikely of the lot. Just a fortnight after...

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