Tauranga Boys 2-1 Swifts

After a scratchy run through the middle of the season, the Swifts went on a run that secured their Soccer Shop Premiership status for another season. So Saturday’s match in Tauranga left both teams little to play for. As it turned out, the game was an open affair, with a plethora of chances created at both ends. The Swifts opened the scoring through Hayden Turlington during the first half, before Tauranga equalised after half time....

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Otumoetai 2-0 Swifts
Sep07

Otumoetai 2-0 Swifts

The Swifts began brightly against an Otumoetai side whose 2-0 win on the day confirmed their sport as runners-up in the 2019 Soccer Shop Premiership. Matamata created openings during the first 45 minutes but their slightly stronger, slightly better organised opponents had enough in them to ensure the match remained goalless at the break. When the teams turned, Otumoetai stepped up their game, pressed and harried Matamata’s defenders...

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Ngaruawahia 1-2 Swifts

Comag Matamata Swifts’ late season run in The Soccer Shop WaiBOP Premiership continued apace on Saturday as Hardy Rosas’ added time goal gave the team a 2-1 victory at Ngaruawahia United and moved them into the top five. For so long the 2019 season had been one of struggle and injury for Matamata and, as late as mid-July, looked like being one in which relegation was a very real prospect. But a run of four wins and two draws in their...

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Swifts 2-2 Melville
Aug24

Swifts 2-2 Melville

Comag Matamata Swifts needed a late equaliser from Andrew Clothier to ensure the team’s final Soccer Shop WaiBOP Premiership home game of the season finished 2-2, while on Sunday Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies were held 3-3 at Huntly Thistle. The Swifts match against Melville United was a bright, open affair between two sides looking to both attack as well as mix it up physically in what was a fitting way to complete another season...

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Te Awamutu 1-1 Swifts
Aug17

Te Awamutu 1-1 Swifts

The Swifts’ Soccer Shop Premiership visit to Te Awamutu ended in a 1-1 draw, which was a result that suited the home side more as they all but secured their survival. The Swifts had much the better of the first half and really should have had more to show for their efforts than Chris Walker’s solitary goal, his ninth of the season. The conditions became more challenging as the game went on. This suited the highly motivated home side...

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Swifts 5-0 Blue Rovers
Aug10

Swifts 5-0 Blue Rovers

Comag Matamata Swifts’ excellent recent run continued as they won 5-0 over Tauranga Blue Rovers at a sodden Matamata Domain on Saturday. Brad West poked home a Chris Walker cross less than ten minutes in to settle the home side’s nerves and they went on to provide a dominant display against a visiting side missing several key players. Two goals in three minutes in the lead up to half time effectively settled the result as first...

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West Hamilton 1-4 Swifts
Aug03

West Hamilton 1-4 Swifts

Comag Matamata Swifts’ Soccer Shop WaiBOP Premiership campaign continues to move in the right direction after a second consecutive victory on Saturday. The Swifts eased home 4-1 at West Hamilton United with another performance that will help consign the team’s mid-season struggles to the “how the heck did that happen?” basket. Andrew Clothier, back in the side after a five week injury absence, struck early from the penalty spot before...

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Hayri Cihan
Jul27

Hayri Cihan

Swifts debut: 2006. Appearances prior to 2014 2007 – 8 (3), goals 2 2006 – 19 (1), goals 6 Total – 27 (4), goals 8

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Swifts 7-2 Ngaruawahia
Jul27

Swifts 7-2 Ngaruawahia

Comag Matamata Swifts released months of pent up footballing angst on Saturday, defeating Ngaruawahia United 7-2 at the Domain in their latest Soccer Shop WaiBOP Premiership match with the type of clinical finishing that had previously been absent all season. The talk leading up to the match was that, in recent games, Matamata had created more than enough but, for some reason, the goals just wouldn’t go in. While this match ultimately...

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Papamoa 4-0 Swifts
Jul20

Papamoa 4-0 Swifts

Comag Matamata Swifts had an unhappy time of it over the hill this weekend, going down 4-0 to WaiBOP Premiership leaders, Papamoa. The Swifts were down by three at the break and had also lost captain, Dwayne Signal, to a serious looking injury in what was an ugly first 45 minutes for the team. When Papamoa added a fourth near the start of the second half things looked grim, but the side rallied, showed some heart and spirit, and...

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