How our senior and youth teams fared at the weekend

Cambridge reserves produced the best of Saturday’s results with a 4-1 win against Oratia United in the Northern League reserves competition.

Here’s how our teams fared at the weekend (June 27-28):

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Northern League: Cambridge 2, Oratia United 3

In the main game, Cambridge lost an entertaining affair 3-2, with the match decided by a second-half penalty to the visitors.

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Northern League reserves: Cambridge 4, Oratia United 1

In the curtain-raiser, the Reds reserves beat Oratia United 4-1 with 16-year-old Aston Hurd scoring a valuable double.

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WaiBOP Championship

Championship: Taupo 1, Cambridge 0

Cambridge gave up their unbeaten start to the season, losing 1-0 to Taupo whose winner was scored with only four minutes left.

Despite the loss, Cambridge remain among the leaders in what’s turning out to be a competitive Championship competition.

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Waikato Senior Men’s

Division 2: Ngaruawahia Utd 5, Cambridge 3

Cambridge’s unbeaten start to the Division Two season came to an end at Ngaruawahia where the home side caught the visitors off-guard with some spectacular goals.

Goalscorers for Cambridge were Peter Buesnel (2) and Cullen Tappin.

Coach Chris Petropoulos said: “I think we made the mistake of underestimating Ngaruawahia today but they showed a lot of passion and desire, and at the end of the game deserved their win.”

Division 5: Cambridge D1s 1, Te Awamutu 4

Cambridge D1s continue to search for their first win of the season after losing to table-leading Te Awamutu at the Athletics Ground.

Main photo: Drizzle didn’t deter supporters for this Waipa derby at the Athletics Ground.

Scorer for Cambridge was Nick Sickelmore.

Division 5: Claudelands Rovers 2, Cambridge D2s 2

The D2s are proving difficult to beat this season and this 2-2 draw at Galloway Park was further evidence that the team is capable on their day.

Claudelands opened the scoring in the 20th minute but Cambridge drew level through Chris Hill who turned a couple of Rovers defenders in the box before finding the net.

Cambridge’s second goal came from Andrew Myers but the D2s had to share the points after one of their former players, Andy Thomas, scored for Rovers with a shot from outside the box.

The D2s are also looking for their first win of the season.

Women’s Waikato Division 2

Ngaruawahia United 1, Cambridge 1

A first-half Sophie Young goal helped Cambridge to a well-earned draw at Ngaruawahia’s Centennial Park.

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Youth teams

Y-League: Cambridge 3, Melville 2

Cambridge’s 3-2 win against Melville U-14s could prove vital at season’s end with both teams challenging for the WaiBOP Federation U-14 Y-League title.

Melville went into the game in second place and took the lead after only 11 minutes.

Three minutes later, Blake Allison levelled for Cambridge and the teams went into half-time tied at 1-1.

Melville again took the lead in the second spell but Matthew Jordan found Cambridge’s second to tie the game up.

Lucah de Roo delivered Cambridge’s winning goal after 50 minutes to take the home side above Melville on the table.

J-League: Cambridge 3, Northern United 3

The U-12 team are also at home for a 10am match against Northern United in the WaiBOP Federation J-League.

Northern United started the stronger in this top-of-the-table clash but against the run of play, Cambridge’s Jaxson Makgill grabbed a loose pass and beat two players including the keeper to side foot it into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Late in the half, Luke Brooke-Smith created space and hit a great strike into the top corner to give the team a 2-0 lead.

United came out strong in the second half and put Cambridge under pressure for long periods, pulling back the score to 2-1.

Makgill regained Cambridge’s two-goal advantage when he chipped the ‘keeper.

United scored their second with a long-range effort and soon after, found the equaliser after a good cross into the Cambridge box.

Cambridge had the chance to win the clash with a late penalty but the Northern United ‘keeper saved it well.

A draw reflected the sills and efforts of two teams at the top of the table.