Cambridge’s hopes of reaching another Waikato Cup final are over after the club’s Waikato A team lost their second-round tie 3-2 against Claudelands Rovers B.
Cambridge trailed 1-0 at the break and then allowed Rovers to double their lead.
That prompted a spirited fightback from Cambridge with goals from Peter Buesnel – trying to reach his third consecutive cup final – and Mitchell Claridge.
No sooner had Cambridge drawn level at 2-2, the visitors found a third goal and they were able to hold onto their lead to progress to the next round of the cup.
Cambridge D2s lost their first round Waikato Plate tie in an exciting match at John Kerkhof Park that left them on the wrong end of a 5-4 scoreline against Putaruru Rangers B.
The teams traded first half goals to go into the break at 2-2, with one of Cambridge’s goals coming from a bizarre own goal struck by a Rangers player some 30 metres out from his own line.
Andrew Myers scored for the D2s and added another in the second half, while Cambridge’s other goals were credited to Rob Dickson and Luke Macris.
Photo: The D2s and Putaruru Rangers battle it out in the plate.
Loaded WaiBOP Championship
Cambridge lost the local derby against bottom-placed Matamata Swifts 2-0 in a damp encounter at the Matama Domain in which Max Hill scored a goal in each half for the home side.
Other WaiBOP Championship results:
Otumoetai Reserves 1-2 Tauranga Blue Rovers Reserves
Waikato Unicol Reserves 3-1 Te Puke United (ht: 2-1)
UNI: Madison Niwa, Callum Barr, Brody Neil. TPU: ??.
Taupo Reserves 2-6 Kawerau Sports (ht: 1-3)
TAU: Finn Giddy, Nick Field; KAW: ??
Lotto NRFL second division
Our men’s first team drew 2-2 with Northland in the Lotto NRFL second division match at John Kerkhof Park. Click here for match coverage.
Our reserves beat Northland 4-0 to remain top of the Lotto NRFL second division reserves league. Click here for match coverage.
Sunday: Waikato Women’s Cup
Our women’s team beat Matamata Swifts 5-0 in the first round of the Waikato Women’s Cup. Click here for match report, including photo gallery and video coverage.
Sunday: Youth teams
On Sunday, our U-13s boys’ team lost 3-1 to Papamoa in the WaiBOP Federation Youth League. Click here for match coverage.
Our U-12s boys lost 6-1 to Melville United after trailing 4-1 at the interval. Click here for photo gallery and video coverage.