Cambridge’s three youth teams have all won on the same day – and all away from home – for the first time this season.
In a clean sweep, the U-12s beat Taupo, the U-13s beat Papamoa and the U-15s won their first game of their season at Tauranga City.
Here’s how they fared on Sunday May 23, 2021:
U-12s: Taupo 2 Cambridge 3
Cambridge’s third fixture of the season delivered a hard-fought 3-2 win at Taupo.
Mylo Maloney opened the scoring in the first half with right-footed shot to the bottom right corner after a great run and cross by Zach Kelk down the flank.
Taupo equalised with a breakaway goal before Kawepo Mullins finished from close, taking Cambridge into the break leading 2-1.
In the second spell, Cambridge continued to press for a third goal and with 15 minutes left to play, Jack Wilson won a free-kick outside the box. Quick thinking from Theo Barlow saw him touch the ball to Maloney who hit the top corner with his left foot to put Cambridge 3-1 up.
Taupo hit back with a goal with 10 minutes remaining but Cambridge saw out the game.
Special mention to Aden Joseph (captain for the day) who had a solid game at left-back.
This was another solid effort from an improving Cambridge side, especially notable for the way they handled the travel and challenging conditions to put in a commendable performance.
U-13s: Papamoa 1 Cambridge 4
Wind was an important factor in this game at Papamoa’s Gordon Spratt Reserve in which Cambridge started playing downwind, with much of the first half spent in Papamoa’s half.
Only good goalkeeping and defending by the hosts kept the half-time score to 2-0.
With Papamoa having the wind advantage after the interval, the home side came into the game and pulled back a goal.
This seemed to jolt the Cambridge players into raising their game and some enterprising play in the last 15 minutes saw them add two more goals.
Scorers for Cambridge were Jesse Macdonald, Luca Savage, Luke Brooke-Smith and Oscar Gifford.
U-15s: Tauranga City 1 Cambridge 3
Cambridge beat second-placed Tauranga City at Links Avenue to record their first win of the season.
Cambridge dominated possession into the wind in the first half.
Cameron Smith scored from the penalty spot after 10 minutes. Tauranga replied with one of their few chances after 21 minutes and the scores remained even until half-time.
A second successful penalty for Smith early in the second half helped calm the nerves. Cameron completed his hat-trick on 62 minutes from a corner and the U-15s had their first hard-earned win and first points of the season.
Good performances from Smith and George Anthony.