Cambridge’s senior men’s, women’s and youth teams celebrated the delayed start to the 2020 season with a swag of goals and undefeated in seven games.
The Cambridge teams ended the weekend with five wins and two draws – one of the best opening weekends in many years.
In all, the four men’s teams scored a staggering 22 goals between them.
The women won their season opener and both our youth teams returned from away fixtures with wins and clean sheets.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Claudelands Rovers 1, Cambridge 4
Cambridge beat local rivals Claudelands Rovers 4-1 in the opening game of this season’s Championship.
Scorers were Adam Brady (2) and Miguel Peterle (2).
Waikato Senior Men’s
Cambridge 11, Waikato Unicol 2
Cambridge beat Waikato Unicol 11-2 in a one-sided Division 2 game at John Kerkhof Park.
Thomas Rea opened the scoring, rising above the Unicol defence to head home from a corner.
Peter Buesnel scored next, the first of six goals for him in the game, and the result was all but safe from there.
Mason Woodall struck a 30-metre shot that flew into the top of the net for one of the best goals of the day.
Other goals came from Zak Petropoulos, Theo Petropoulos and Cullen Tappin.
Cambridge D1 6, Tokoroa Rezzination 6
In Waikato Division 5, Cambridge’s D1 team played out a thrill-packed 6-6 draw with Tokoroa Rezzienation at John Kerkhof Park.
Tokoroa scored two minutes into the game but Jamie Coomber drew Cambridge level a minute later.
Main image: Coomber wins possession in midfield.
That set the pace of the game and both teams went hammer and tongs for goals.
Tokoroa went 3-1 up with goals that included a penalty taken three times before it was completed without infractions.
Cambridge hauled back the visitors and went into the break with a 5-3 lead.
Both sides traded goals and Cambridge tried to cling to a 6-4 lead but surrendered goals to the Tokoroa side for a 6-6 final result.
Scorers for Cambridge were Coomber, Ben Ward (2), Nick Sickelmore (2) and Mariano Castellon.
Northern United Numpies 1, Cambridge D2 1
Cambridge’s other Division 5 team, the D2s, also shared the points with an opening day draw.
The D2 side travelled to Northern United Numpties for a 1-1 draw.
The goal was scored by Patrick Espin, better known as a goalkeeper but playing outfield at Discovery Park.
The D2s hit the United crossbar three times in the game and could have returned home with three points with a tad more luck.
Team manager Cole van den Beuken said it was a pleasing start for a team with six new players.
Our Northern League first and reserve teams start their programmes next weekend (June 20) so they had a practice run-out at John Kerkhof Park.
Women’s Waikato Division 2
Cambridge 2, Thames 1
Cambridge won their opening game of the season when they came from behind to beat Coromandel side Thames 2-1 at John Kerkhof Park on Sunday.
Scorers for Cambridge were captain Steph Upton and Olivia Sutherland.
Melville United U-16 girls 0, Cambridge U-14 7
Cambridge’s U-14 team easily won their second fixture of the WaiBOP Federation Y-League season when they beat Melville United’s U-16 girls 7-0 after leading 1-0 at the break.
Scorers for Cambridge were Blake Allision (29′), Noah Cody (60′), Lucah de Roo (64′), William Leyland (67′) and Jack Beaumont who scored a hat-trick (53′, 58′, 65′).
Claudelands Rovers 0, Cambridge U-12 1
The U-12 team started their season with 1-0 win against Claudelands Rovers in the WaiBOP Federation J-League.
Luca Savage scored the winner in the second half.
Action from Saturday’s games – click on image to see full-sized photo
Hundreds of our youngest players enjoyed the start of the junior season – click here for our coverage.
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