A 1-1 draw between Cambridge and top-of-the-table St Paul’s Corinthians keeps both sides in contention to win the Waikato men’s Division Two title.
Going into the match, the two sides were in a three-way tie for the divisional lead and the competition looks like it will go to the wire.
Here’s how our teams fared at the weekend (July 18-19):
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Onehunga Mangere 2, Cambridge 1
In their latest Northern League fixture, the Reds lost 2-1 at Onehunga Mangere United, despite a second-half fightback.
Onehunga Mangere Res 3, Cambridge Res 2
In the early game, Cambridge reserves lost 3-2 in a tight game.
Otumoetai 0, Cambridge 2
Cambridge kept up their challenge for the WaiBOP Championship with a 2-0 win at Otumoetai.
The win keeps Cambridge in the leading pack of teams chasing the title.
Waikato Senior Men’s
Division Two: Cambridge 1, St Paul’s Corinthians 1
In Waikato Division 2, title contenders Cambridge produced an excellent display to almost take full points in their top-of-the-table clash with St Paul’s Corinthians at John Kerkhof Park.
After a scoreless first half, Cambridge took the lead through youngster Jamie Rea who made a well-timed run into the box to finish a cross from Zak Petropoulos.
Cambridge’s cause was further helped when St Paul’s lost a player to a straight red card but the visitors worked hard, showing why they led the competition before the match.
Late in the match, the visitors found an equaliser to produce the stalemate.
Coach Chris Petropoulos said: “The team as a whole played exceptionally well and I’m very proud of today’s performance.”
He named central defender Tom Gifford as his Player of the Day.
Division Five: Waikato Unicol 4, Cambridge D1s 1
In Waikato Division 5, Cambridge’s D1 lost 4-1 at Waikato Unicol’s grounds.
The students took a 1-0 first-half lead but then pulled away in the second spell.
Scorer for Cambridge was Scott Jenkins.
Player of the Day was goalkeeper Paul Macann.
Division Five: Cambridge 0, Te Awamutu 3
The D2s continue to search for their first win of the season despite much-improved performances compared to last season.
The team lost 3-0 to Te Awamutu at John Kerkhof Park.
The key moment in the match was in the first half when Cambridge trailed 1-0. The D2s scored from the penalty spot but it was disallowed and retaken, only to be missed.
Player of the Day was Phillip Curin, back to playing his familiar role as the side’s central holding midfielder.
Main photo: Curin (right) moves in to tackle a Te Awamutu player.
No games this weekend for our youngest players because of the school holidays.
Women’s Waikato Division 2
Cambridge had a bye this weekend.
Y-League: Tauranga City 0, Cambridge 5
Cambridge U-14 kept up their excellent form in the WaiBOP Federation Y-League with a 5-0 win, after leading 2-0 at the interval.
Dylan Gardiner broke the Tauranga resistance in the 27th minute and William Leyland double the visitors’ lead five minutes later.
In the second half, Jack Beaumont (36′) and Gardiner (45′) made sure of the result before Beaumont completed the scoring (47′).
J-League: Hamilton Wanderers 1, Cambridge 5
Against close rivals Wanderers, Cambridge U-12 went into half-time with a 2-0 lead after Luke Brooke-Smith clinically finished after good build-up play.
Wanderers started the second half strongly but Cambridge went 3-0 up through Oscar Gifford. This was followed in quick succession by two more goals to Cambridge, one to Jaxson Makgill and another to Brooke-Smith to complete his hat trick.
Wanderers never gave up and scored a consolation goal late in the match.