A strong first-half performance was key to Cambridge winning their local derby 3-1 against Matamata Swifts in the WaiBOP Championship match played at John Kerkhof Park.
Striker Adam Brady struck twice, in the 12th and 23rd minutes, to give the home side the early advantage before the experienced Jason Szabo got the deftest of touches to score a third after 33 minutes.
After the break, Matamata came back with a determined display and pulled a goal back to go home with a final result of 3-1 to the Reds.
The win compensates for Cambridge’s opening day 2-0 loss at Waikato Unicol and next week, the side travels to Te Puke United.
Cambridge’s Player of the Day was Jordan Silvester.
Tokoroa 1, Waikato Unicol 1
Tauranga City 1, Claudelands Rovers 3
Taupo 6, Papamoa 1
Cambridge 3, Matamata Swifts 1
Tauranga Blue Rovers 2, Otomoetai 2
Otorohanga 5, Hamilton Wanderers 2
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Cambridge kept their winning start intact as the Reds beat Oratia United 1-0 at John Kerkhof Park.
The Cambridge reserves lost the early game 6-0 to Oratia United.
Waikato Division 1
Our division 1 game at Te Awamutu was defaulted due to Cambridge having insufficient registered players.
Waikato Division 3
Cambridge – the team known as the D1s – lost 5-2 to Claudelands Rovers at John Kerkhof Park.
Scorers for Cambridge were Jacob Bult and Player of the Day Paul Blackstock who scored from the penalty spot.
Main photo: Oscar Thomas heads clear for Cambridge during the division 3 match against Claudelands Rovers.
Waikato Division 4
Cambridge – the team known last year as the D2s – beat Te Awamutu 4-1 at John Kerkhof Park.
Scorers for Cambridge were Cole van den Beuken (2), Andy Thomas and Nick Sickelmore.
Women’s Division 1
On Sunday, our women’s team played well but lost 4-2 in their season opener at Matamata Swifts.
Federation Youth & Junior Leagues
The Cambridge U–13 Y-League Boys lost 11-2 at Claudelands Rovers’ Galloway Park on Sunday after trailing 6-1 at half-time.
Cambridge goalscorers were Keanen Subramoney (21′) and Blake Taylor (47′).
The U–14 J-League Boys lost 11-1 at Tauranga City in their first fixture, also behind 6-1 at the break. The Cambridge scorer was Daniel Cook (15′).
Images from this weekend’s matches