Cambridge lost their Loaded WaiBOP Championship game against Tauranga Blue Rovers in controversial fashion when denied a last-minute penalty, and losing the game 3-2.
The match was full of incident with a couple of unusual goals.
The first of these came in the opening half when the Rovers goalkeeper hit a clearance straight at Cambridge forward Gavin Clark and the ball rebounded into the goal at full pace.
The visitors fought back to send the teams into the break tied at 1-1.
The game’s second oddball goal came straight from the kick-off for the second half when the Rovers players spotted Cambridge ‘keeper Aizak Howell off his line. The resultant shot from the centre circle flew the full 35 metres and into the top of the Cambridge net.
Tauranga extended their lead to 3-1 before Cambridge pulled a goal back through Edinson Arroyo and mounted a late fightback in search of an equaliser. The home side thought they had a chance of a point when referee Mark Ball initially awarded a penalty but then changed his decision.
Cambridge’s Waikato A team remain in search of their first win of the season after a 1-1 draw against Melville United at John Kerkhof Park.
The game was scoreless at the interval but the sides cancelled each other in the second half. Mitchell Claridge scored for Cambridge.
Photographs: The Cambridge A side playing against Melville.
Cambridge’s D1 side won 3-0 at Northern United to take a share of the divisional lead.
Goalscorers were last year’s top scorer, Dave O’Donnell (2), and Scott Jenkins.
Lotto NRFL second division
Our women lost a five-goal thriller to West Hamilton United in the Waikato Women’s League.