Firepower up front proved to be the difference as Cambridge Reserves continued on their winning way, beating Claudelands Rovers 4-2 at Galloway Park.
The win – Cambridge’s fifth in a row – sees the Reds maintain their healthy lead at the top of the Lotto NRFL second division reserves competition.
Cambridge took the lead after 17 minutes when a free kick by Andrew Taylor was headed onto the Rovers crossbar by defender Sam Garmonsway. Quickest to react was Reds’ Johnny Sanchez who got a shot on target.
Within a few minutes, Rovers levelled through a spectacular diving header by Fabian Munoz from a set piece.
Cambridge ensured a half-time lead with their second goal in the 35th minute, a strong header by Adam Brady from a corner.
The Reds could have extended their lead in the 40th minute when Taylor found the net, only to have the effort ruled offside.
Cambridge began the second half strongly and Brady picked up his second goal of the game, smartly drilling the ball past the Rovers ‘keeper in the 50th minute.
After an hour, the Reds were awarded a penalty but Taylor ballooned it over the crossbar.
Taylor compensated for his error and took the score to 4-1 in the 68th minute, making a well-timed run into the box and clipping the incoming ball into the net. It was his 16th goal of the season.
With five minutes to go, Rovers picked up a consolation goal but the three points safely belonged to the Reds.
Coach Mike Taylor said he thought his team’s performance was its best of the season and he was pleased to beat the second-placed side in the competition.
He said he thought teenager Toby Hartley, in his first season of senior football, had been the outstanding player of the match for Cambridge.
Next Saturday, Cambridge travel to Papakura City.
Video clip includes Adam Brady’s first goal, a penalty miss by Andrew Taylor and post-match comments from coach Mike Taylor:
Cambridge’s first team drew 1-1 with Claudelands Rovers in the main game.