Five goals by Cambridge striker Adam Brady provided the highlight of the WaiBOP Championship round in which the home side hammered Tauranga Blue Rovers 7-2 at John Kerkhof Park.
Playing in the main Saturday match at the park, the Mike Woodlock-coached champs team took to Blue Rovers from the start.
Defender Alex Ball rattled the crossbar with a long-range shot as Cambridge won early corners and put the visiting ‘keeper to the test.
Jason Szabo got Cambridge’s rampage underway with a controlled chip that rebounded off the bar, hit a defender and went into the net (see video):
Then striker Brady had a day to remember with goals in the 9th, 47th, 58th, 66th and 76th minutes.
Main photo: skipper Brady (14) awaits the celebration after his first goal of five.
Mitch Claridge scored the team’s other goal.
The team has taken several weeks to find match fitness and start to show how capable they’ll be in the WaiBOP Championship.
Images from the WaiBOP Championship game at John Kerkhof Park:
Lotto NRFL second division
Cambridge stay third on the table after a gritty 1-0 win at Albany United. Josh Clarkin got the vital goal in the 35th minute, his third of the season.
The Reds reserves lost 1-0 at Albany United despite having a host of goalscoring chances in the second half.
Waikato Division 3
Cambridge lost 6-3 to Otorohanga Reserves at John Kerkhof Park.
The visitors took a 2-0 lead into half-time before Cambridge started to find their attacking form.
Miguel Peterle scored twice and Otorohanga conceded an own goal but Cambridge’s D1s couldn’t make up the gap and lost by the final three-goal deficit.
Waikato Division 4
The D2s travelled to Tokoroa’s Strathmore Park and suffered their worst loss of the season, going down 7-0 after turning around 3-0 behind at the break.
Next weekend, the team gets the chance to bounce back, being the only senior or youth team to be playing at home.
Women’s Waikato Division 1
Our women’s team lost 1-0 to Waikato Unicol in a close match at John Kerkhof Park.
WaiBOP Federation Youth/Junior Leagues
Both Cambridge’s youth/junior teams head to Hamilton on Sunday for matches against Claudelands Rovers.
The U-12 J-League side met Claudelands Rovers at Ashurst Park (awaiting result and details).
The U-13 Y-League team beat Rovers 6-2 at Galloway Park after leading 2-1 at the interval.
Four goals in an 11-minute spell in the second half turned the game in Cambridge’s favour.
Scorers were Blake Taylor (3), Cortlan Davis-Havill, Keanen Subramoney and Noah Maloney.