Cambridge came off second-best in their WaiBOP Championship at Papamoa when the seasiders snatched a 4-3 victory with a second half goal.
The Cambridge side have made a habit of winning and losing games with decisive goals in the latter stages of their games but this loss hurt.
Papamoa had taken a 2-0 lead early in the game, through Connor Irvine and Callum Glover, prompting a strong Cambridge recovery led by midfielder Ryan Ashby who pulled back a goal after 21′.
Papamoa went 3-1 up with Glover’s second goal in the 32nd minute.
Skipper Adam Brady scored for Cambridge after 34 minutes, and his side went into the interval down 3-2 but with momentum.
Player of the Day Ashby tied up the score 3-3 with his second goal in the 53rd minute.
The home ‘keeper kept his team’s hopes alive with three outstanding saves.
But Papamoa found their winner through substitute Wes Green to take the points.
Otumoetai 6 Tauranga City 4 (game played July 28)
Tauranga City 1 Tokoroa 3
Waikato Unicol 1 Taupo 5
Papamoa 4 Cambridge 3
Otumoetai 3 Hamilton Wanderers 0
Tauranga Old Blues 1 Te Puke 1
Claudelands Rovers 3 Whakatane Town 2