It’s been a winning weekend for Cambridge’s senior and youth teams!
Saturday saw all four Cambridges senior men’s teams who were in action record victories in the WaiBOP Championship, Waikato Division Two and two wins in Waikato Division Five.
The D2s’ 3-1 win at Te Awamutu extended the team’s winning streak to five – a new record.
On Sunday, our U-14 Y-League team kept the winning weekend going with a 2-0 win against Tauranga City.
Our women picked up a 3-0 win through a defaulted game.
Main photo: The victorious Cambridge U-14 team with coach Kale Herbert.
Here’s how our teams fared (September 5-6):
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Cambridge’s Northern League schedule has been suspended due to COVID-19-related restrictions on participating Auckland clubs.
Cambridge 2 Te Puke United 0
A double from striker Aaron Huesser earned the win for Cambridge as the WaiBOP Championship entered its split into two groups of six.
Main photo: Huesser gets away from his marker in his side’s 2-0 win against Te Puke.
Waikato Senior Men’s
Waikato Division Two: St Paul’s Corinthians 1 Cambridge 2
Third-placed Cambridge beat second-placed St Paul’s Collegiate in a match that went to the wire.
Cambridge took the lead in the 21st minute when Jason Szabo found the net with an excellent header.
In the second half, St Paul’s levelled and the game seemed destined for a draw.
But with two minutes left, Zak Petropoulos broke down the flank, beat two players and struck a long-range effort into the top corner of the net.
Player of the Day honours were shared by central midfielders Hugo Stalin and Theo Petropoulos whose work rate, movement and passing were outstanding.
The Cambridge team concludes their season next week with a home fixture against division leaders Hamilton Wanderers.
Waikato Division Five: Cambridge D1s 5 Waikato Unicol 2
Cambridge D1s went into the half-time break with a narrow 3-2 lead but added two more goals in the second spell to make the result safe.
Cambridge goalscorers were Paul Macann (penalty), Jack Harman, Oscar Thomas, Ben Ward and Fabian Burgos.
Waikato Division Five: Te Awamutu 1 Cambridge D2s 3
The D2s extended their record-setting run of wins to five when they beat Te Awamutu 3-1 at Anchor Park.
Cambridge flew out of the gates, scoring in the second minute through Andrew Myers who kept his nerve and slotted past the home team ‘keeper.
A couple of minutes later, Cambridge doubled their lead when a long throw caused panic in the TA penalty area but midfielder Chris Hill reacted quickest to prod the ball home from seven metres.
The sides turned around with Cambridge leading 2-0.
On the hour, TA pulled back a goal, forcing Cambridge to find extra reserves in the final stages.
With five minutes left on the clock, Myers broke free down the left wing, turned a falling defender and coolly placed the ball into the corner of the net from an acute angle.
Myers was the Player of the Day.
The D2s have never won so many games in succession before and now they’re aiming for the sixth win – against Cambridge D1s at John Kerkhof Park next Saturday.
Check out two of the D2 goals here (video courtesy of friend-of-our-club Brandon Clarke who you can follow on Twitter at @kiwibardy).
Women’s Waikato Division 2
Te Awamutu Pink Ladies 0 Cambridge 3 (win by default)
Cambridge consolidated their second place on the table, receiving three points for the default win against Te Awamutu Pink Ladies.
Sunday – Youth teams
Y-League: Cambridge 2 Tauranga City 0
Our U-14s beat Tauranga City with a goal in half to win their last home fixture in the WaiBOP Federation Y-League.
Lucah de Roo put Cambridge in front after 15′ following an excellent team move.
The Tauranga goalkeeper kept his side in the match with some outstanding saves and the visitors came back strongly in the second half.
Cambridge put the result beyond doubt after 65′ when Noah Cody set up de Roo for a good finish.
J-League: Papamoa Yellow 6 Cambridge 3
Our U-12s travelled to Papamoa and lost 6-3 to the club’s Yellow side in the WaiBOP Federation J-League.