Cambridge overcame a stuttering start to win their opening fixture against Tauranga Old Blues in the WaiBOP Championship, thanks to a double from substitute Tom Woutersen.
Neither side created any sort of a realistic goal chance in the first half but the game opened up in the second spell.
Cambridge took the lead in the 85th minute when substitute Woutersen struck from outside the box, beating ‘keeper Hex Hernandez with a fierce shot.
Cambridge then made sure of the opening day league points when defender Matt Weatherhead worked into the Blues box and was brought down by Hernandez.
Woutersen calmly lined up the spot kick and slotted the ball into the bottom corner in the 88th minute (see main photo).
With the Cambridge defence keeping it tight, the game was heading for a comfortable result but Old Blues came with a late attack and only an acrobatic save from ‘keeper Jan Henk Bertelink ensured a clean sheet for the home side.
The win provided the best possible start to the team’s season and they play at home again next Saturday (April 3) when they host Otumoetai at John Kerkhof Park (2.45pm).
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WaiBOP Championship results
Taupo 0-4 Otumoetai (ht: 0-1)
OTU: Jonny Hill 2, Alessandro Milgate-Vassalini, Caelan Fraher
Hamilton Wanderers 3-1 Flying Mullet Papamoa (ht: 1-0)
WAN: Daniel Marsden, Jamie Day, Jared Cox.
PAP: Zak Phillips.
Whakatane Town 3-0 Waikato Unicol (ht: 2-0)
WHA: Andrew Cooper 2, Kristopher Apiti.
Te Puke United 5-2 Ngaruawahia United (ht: 3-1)
TPU: Jindrich Hahn 2, Viktor Nielsen, Marc Duffy 2.
NGA: Jack Clarke, James Dott.
Cambridge 2-0 Tauranga Old Blues (ht: 0-0)
CAM: Tom Woutersen 2.
Roundwood Tokoroa 2-0 Te Awamutu (ht: 1-0)