Cambridge scored an impressive 4-2 win against Hamilton’s St Paul’s Corinthians in their Waikato men’s Division 1 game.
All four goals were scored by striker Peter Buesnel who now leads the club’s race for the men’s Golden Boot.
That was one of four home games played on a Saturday declared ‘Rod Larnach Day’ to honour the memory of Life Member Larnach who died last year, aged 71. All club teams wore armbands and observed a minute’s silence before kick-off.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Lotto NRFL second division
Cambridge 1 Onehunga Mangere United 5
A hat-trick of headed goals by Maksim Manko spearheaded a 5-1 win against the Reds by the league leaders at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge U-23s 1 Onehunga Mangere United U-23s 6
Teenager James Wilkinson scored his first senior club goal in Cambridge’s 6-1 loss to Auckland side Onehunga Mangere United.
Te Awamutu 1 Cambridge 4
Cambridge remain top of the Championship table after a good win in the local derby at Te Awamutu.
Waikato Division 1
Cambridge 4 St Paul’s Corinthians 2
Striker Peter Buesnel scored all four goals for Cambridge in this win at the Cambridge Athletics’ Ground.
He put his side ahead early, breaking clear from the Corinthians’ defence in the 12th minute, and then increased the lead to 2-0 on the half-hour. Corinthians pulled back a goal to see the teams go in at halftime with Cambridge 2-1 up.
The second half was much the same with both teams playing some excellent football. Buesnel scored two more goals (60′, 83′) to put Cambridge 4-1 up before Corinthians made it 4-2 just before full time.
Coach Chris Petropoulos said: “Every one of my players deserves recognition for an excellent performance.
“Goalkeeper Henk Bertelink was excellent and provided a safe pair of hands, the defence was solid, midfield and forwards worked tirelessly and were a threat throughout.”
The Player of the Day was shared between Tom Gifford who was colossal in defence and Buesnel for his four goals.
“Credit to today’s referee (Hamzi Mahagna) who had an excellent game. His control of the game and communication with the players was to a very high standard,” coach Petropoulos said.
“As a team, we are starting to show we can compete in this division after promotion from last year’s Division 2.”
Cambridge’s Dylan Blair fires through the St Paul’s Corinthians defence.
Waikato Division 4
Cambridge 2 West Hamilton United 3
After their best-ever start to a season the Cambridge Division 4 team has lost for the first time this year, toppled 3-2 by a high-flying West Hamilton team.
West Ham played well in the first half, scoring twice and shutting down goalscoring chances for the home side.
Cambridge recovered in the second half, outscoring the visitors 2-1 thanks to a double from Shane Gray, one of which was a pinpoint free-kick around the defensive wall and into the bottom corner of the net.
It gave Cambridge hope but West Hamilton held out to take the competition points.
Main photo: Division 4 team’s Andrew Myers challenges two West Hamilton players for a high ball. Below, more from the Division match.
Over 35s League
Claudelands Rovers 2 Cambridge D1 1
Cambridge D1s took a first-half lead through Miguel Peterle and when the teams turned around, it looked like the visitors might take at least a point against one of the best sides in the competition.
But Rovers found two goals in the second half to deprive Cambridge of competition points.
Melville United Old Boys 3 Cambridge (Team 2) 0
Cambridge had their first taste of match football under floodlights in this Friday night encounter at Hamilton’s Gower Park.
Melville scored twice in the first half to take the initiative though Cambridge played well enough to remain in contention and felt aggrieved that claims for three penalties were waved away.
The home side added a third goal in the second spell to put the result beyond doubt.
Coach Nick Sickelmore said Cambridge had played well, growing in confidence with two-touch football, and having played on Friday, the players would look forward to a restful weekend.
Waikato Women’s Division 2
Huntly Thistle 1 Cambridge 6
A first-ever senior league hat-trick by Olivia Milne provided the platform for an emphatic win which keeps Cambridge at the top of the competition table.
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.
Cambridge High School’s first XI drew 1-1 against Hamilton Boys High School on Saturday morning.
The match was originally scheduled to play at John Kerkhof Park on Friday under floodlights but was moved to Hamilton to be played on Saturday.
CHS will play up to eight home games under the lights at John Kerkhof Park so please watch this website for news of upcoming fixtures.