Goals aplenty as WaiBOP Championship side extends unbeaten run

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Cambridge extended their unbeaten run to six games with a thrilling 4-4 draw against Tauranga City in the WaiBOP Championship.

But Cambridge will rue the fact they had the chance to wrap up the game early, racing to a 3-0 lead at John Kerkhof Park.

As it was, they were forced to share the points when Tauranga found an equaliser in the last minute of play.

Striker Adam Brady (pictured) opened the scoring for Cambridge in the 12th minute and Ryan Ashby doubled his side’s lead a few minutes later.

Brady made it 3-0 when he headed home in the 20th minute.

Tauranga stayed in contention, thanks to a goal from Curtis Warner on the half-hour.

Having turned around with Cambridge leading 3-1, the home side restored their three-goal margin when substitute Tom Gifford scored in the 49th minute.

Tauranga wouldn’t surrender and they fought back with goals from Jack Pateman (70′) and Connor Smyth (73′) before substitute George Brown grabbed the equaliser four minutes into added time.

Player of the Day for Cambridge was captain Sam Garmonsway.

Cambridge continue to lead Group B of the championship and next Saturday will travel to Hamilton Wanderers for a 12.30pm kick off.

Their last game of the season follows a week later with a trip to Tauranga Old Blues.

Team sheets


Cambridge 4-4 Tauranga City (ht: 3-1)
CAM: Adam Brady 2, Ryan Ashby, Tom Gifford.
TGA: Curtis Warner, Jack Pateman, Connor Smyth, George Brown.

Te Puke United 2-4 Hamilton Wanderers (ht: 1-2)
TPU: Luis Sampaio, Ben Day.
WAN: Daniel Reason 2, Jordan Lamb, Paul Jong.

Waikato Unicol 0-2 Tauranga Old Blues (ht: 0-1)
UNI: none.
OBL: Phillip Ranger, Julian Valenzuela.

League table

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