Cambridge’s unbeaten Waikato Division 4 side provided the club’s only win of the weekend for its senior men’s teams – but they did it in spectacular fashion.
The side needed a penalty shoot-out to win their first-round tie in the Waikato Cup, tipping out Hamilton Wanderers’ Division 3 team after they were locked at 1-1 after extra time.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Waikato Cup (men)
Cambridge (Div 1) 1 West Hamilton United Reserves 6
Cambridge got off to a bad start in their first-round cup tie at John Kerkhof Park, conceding early goals from which the side never recovered.
Main photo: West Hamilton’s goalkeeper stretches to save a Cambridge effort on goal. Image: Louis Roberts.
Images from Cambridge’s cup tie against West Hamilton. Click on image to open to full size.
Hamilton Wanderers Crimson 1 Cambridge (Div 4) 1 (Cambridge won 4-2 on penalties AET)
Cambridge’s Division 4 side continued their unbeaten run this season, toppling higher-ranked Hamilton Wanderers Crimson out of the Waikato Cup.
After a scoreless first half, the Wanderers Division 3 side took the lead at Porritt Stadium.
Cambridge replied soon after when Shane Gray scored after a solo run at the Wanderers defence.
Goalkeeper Saxon Jay-Edwards kept Cambridge in the tie, making a superb save at full stretch.
With the scores locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the teams played extra time with no breakthrough.
Cambridge won the penalty shoot-out 4-2 with Gray, Brandon Vink, Matt Vink, Chris Hill and Yash Niewiadomski keeping their nerve to volunteer for the tie-breaker.
Jay-Edwards provided more heroics, saving one on-target spot kick for Cambridge to take the tie and look forward to the second round draw. He was Cambridge’s Player of the Day.
Over 35s League
Neither of Cambridge’s Over-35 men’s teams had fixtures over the long weekend.
Lotto NRFL second division
Fencibles United 4 Cambridge 3
Cambridge’s three-match winning run was halted by Auckland’s Fencibles United in a high-scoring match at William Green Domain.
Fencibles United U23 5 Cambridge U23 2
In the U-23s reserves competition, Cambridge lost 5-2 after the sides were tied 2-2 at half-time.
Whakatane Town 3 Cambridge 1
Cambridge lost this game with a slow start which saw Town race to a 3-0 half-time lead.
Waikato Cup (women)
Cambridge were knocked out of the Waikato Cup, losing 8-2 by Tokoroa in a first-round tie at John Kerkhof Park on Sunday.
Tokoroa led 2-1 at half-time but increased their advantage in the second half.
Cambridge scorers were Rachel Hill and Kym Thomasen.
Tokoroa play a division higher than Cambridge in the Waikato women’s league.
Neither of Cambridge’s youth teams had fixtures this weekend.
Above: Cambridge’s Nathan Claridge tackles a West Hamilton United player during the Waikato Cup first round tie at John Kerkhof Park. Photo: Louis Roberts.