Reserves romp to 4-1 win against Papakura City

A brace by newly-signed striker Chris Walker provided the platform for an impressive 4-1 win by Cambridge Reserves against Papakura City.

The Reds secured their second win of the Northern League reserves league season at John Kerkhof Park with Walker, who joined from Matamata Swifts last month, scoring in the 46th and 75th minutes.

Cambridge went ahead early thanks to a powerful header from skipper Dehein Hindley.

The Reds then had most of the first half chances, with striker Chris Walker and Andrew Taylor both going close.

However Papakura found the net in a goalmouth scramble on the stroke of half-time, sending the teams to the dressing rooms tied 1-1.

Cambridge came out strongly in the second half and scored almost immediately through Walker, one of the WaiBOP region’s top goalscorers when with Matamata Swifts last season.

Alex Mukaka added another in the 53rd minute to make it 4-1 before Walker sealed the win with his second.

Walker was unlucky not to finish the day with a hat-trick when a fifth ‘goal’ was disallowed because of a head injury to the Papakura goalkeeper in the lead-up play.

Photo: Hindley celebrates Cambridge’s opening goal.

Video coverage

Here are some brief highlights as the Reds exert first half pressure on the Papakura City goal:

Coach’s reaction

Mike Taylor was pleased with the winning performance:

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Previous games

Reds Reserves lose 4-1 to Claudelands Rovers

Reserves get NRFL season off to flying start: Ngongotaha 0, Cambridge 8

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