Match Results | 18th & 19th June 2022
Check out our match results below!
Auckland United vs Cambridge NRFL Reds
SCORE: 1-1 HT, 6-1 FT.
GOAL SCORER: Patrick Woodlock
This was a classic cup tie between top Northern Premier side, Auckland United and cup giant killers Cambridge. The possibility of an upset was always on the cards and for 65 minutes it looked a distinct possibility.
Auckland began the game strongly and a nervous Cambridge struggled to cope with the speed and intensity of their illustrious opponents. Auckland’s Redfearn put his side into the lead from what looked to be an offside position. Whether offside or not, Auckland were good value for their lead. At this point most teams would have capitulated but not this young Cambridge outfit. In fact, rather than capitulate Cambridge gained in confidence and started to take control of the game. Roared on by their travelling fans Cambridge were rewarded with an equalizer from a Patrick Woodlock header. Spurred on further by their success Cambridge began to look threatening with every attack. Josh Clarkin, Anton Ganas and wing back Jasom Khatkar were proving a hand full. As the halftime whistle blew Auckland looked to be heading for a possible cup upset. HT 1-1
Auckland were quick off the blocks at the start of the second half and began to exploit the wide areas. In the 49th minute Maturena made it 2-1 but still Cambridge confidently matched their opponents in all areas; defence, midfield and attack. However, in the 63rd minute the game changer arrived with two goals in 2 minutes. The first from Fay and then Redfearn’s second making the score 4-1. A tiring Cambridge continued to battle but now both time and hope were running out. Two goals in the last 5 minutes from Zambrano and McCarthy finished Cambridge’s gallant effort.
This was an excellent cup tie which almost had a fairy tale ending but it was not to be. For 65 minutes the League 2 team competed on equal terms with Auckland but in the end the Aucklanders were able to consolidate, take their chances and move into the next round.
Cambridge should be proud of their efforts. The Clarkin brothers, Josh and Dan, were outstanding as was Khakar, Jack Portgeys and Ganas. Man of the match was the experienced Patrick Woodlock who had a dominant game in the midfield. Finally, a special mention to Theo Petropoulos who played his last game for Cambridge. Theo has been a key player over the years, and we wish him all the best as he moves overseas.
MOTM: Patrick Woodlock
Next Week: Franklin at home.
Te Puke vs Cambridge Champs
The unbeatables, the invincibles, call them what you wish. Cambridge Champs are now the only unbeaten team in the Championship.
Time to send flowers to Te Puke because they’ve been served their first loss.
Like Luis Suarez, the game had a lot of bite. 7 yellow cards dished out on a wet track. Stand aside Robin Van Persie, Tom Wouteson is the new Flying Dutchman. A man of the match performance from this lad. Put his body on the line every single minute of the match, his killer instinct grew, and so did his impeccable technique. With clinicality usually only reserved for the best doctors, he put the visitors ahead in the 62nd minute. Aaron Jenkins. Look up the term “different gravy” in the Oxford dictionary and his name will come right under it. Call him MC Hammer because you can’t touch this. Collects souls for a living. Simply textbook.
As usual, Jordan Silvester stayed delivering like Uber Eats. Levels of gusto higher than Davide on Love Island and wreaked more havoc than Ekin-Su. Nate Claridge. Timeless. Effortless. Flawless. This trifle of descriptive designations still not meet up to standard when it comes to elucidate this individual and his proper distinction. Needs some new haters because all the old ones become fans. Sam Garmonsway. Ages like fine wine and silkier than a wedding dress. He never ceases to amaze. Sauce levels are HP-like. Ryan Ashby. Dribbling better than a newborn baby and picking the defenses apart like a fruit tree. Filled in the gaps quicker than your old man doing a crossword. Simply sensational as per.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Sir Wade Ellis. Served justice when he made 2-0 in the 88th minute. Got more in his locker than a year 7 on his first day in Highschool this lad. Guided to victory by Josh Dagnall, but you can call him Buzz Lightyear because his coaching career is going to infinity and beyond. Elon needs to give him a blue tick after this clinic.
Next up for the Champs is Matamata Swifts, 2.45 KO at John Kerkhof, Cambridge.
Cambridge Seriously Over 35s in Club Derby against Well Over 35s.
What started in ominous conditions, with low fog and gentle rain turned into a well contested match between 2 teams wanting to show their wears. After a tense early period, Seriously over 35s started to show some dominance on a pitch that started to fade early and become very slippery slidey. Well over 35s made a couple of great goal line clearances and their keeper, Phil, showing some exceptional talent throughout the game. The early dead lock was broken by the Seriously over 35s with some dreamy one-two play and a sumptuous finish by Miguel. Robbie also chimed in with a first half hat-trick, half time showed a 5-0 score line.
The second half started with a hiss and a roar with the goal net suffering repetitive hits, including a penalty of the highest quality converted the goalie, Paul MacCann. Notably, Kieran Hill put away 4 himself, other goal scorers included, Darren, Marcelo, Sean and Deivis. A couple of impact subs turned up the heat, with the Seriously over 35s improving every game they play this season. The Wellover 35s found themselves with a great free kick opportunity just outside the 18 yard box as Houndy deservedly received a yellow card for the challenge. The free kick required a superb diving save from MacCann. With the back 4 very pleased to keep a clean sheet against a team who never threw the towel in and continued to compete until the final whistle.
Once again, an exception referring performance from Des Beeney rounded out a enjoyable inter-club derby.
Cambridge Div 3 vs Ngaruawahia
SCORE: HT 2-0, FT 3-0.
GOAL SCORERS: Jack Harman, Kevin Grace, Pete Buesnel.
Cambridge came into the game hard with the most desire they have started a game with this season. The opening goal came in the first 5 minutes with a ball into the box from Pete Buesnel which was smashed into the back of the net by Jack Harman, 2 goals in 2 weeks from him with few players on the pitch able to beat him for pace. Cambridge had another few good opportunities in the first 10 but were unable to put them home.
Ngaruawahia then settled into the game and had some good offensive play that Cambridge managed to defend off.
The second goal came from corner from Pete Buesnel landing directly on the head of Kevin Grace and straight into the back of the net. This came just before half time giving Cambridge a buffer going into the break.
Going into the second half the weather started to turn with light rain that caused the quality of the tackles to go downhill.
The third goal was a well build team goal with the ball played forward to the striker Andrew Myers who held the ball up and played a through ball to winger Kieran Barnes. He turned his defender and took the ball to the byline, cutting it back to the incoming Pete Buesnel to place around the keeper into the back of the net.
MOTM: Kai Funnell for the dominance and control of the midfield.
Next game: (A) Northern United Debacles
Cambridge Football Club Womens D1 vs Claudelands
SCORE: HT 2-0, FT 8-0.
GOAL SCORERS: Rachel Hill - 3, Lydia Proffit - 2, Zoë Fon - 2, April Haines - 1
Our ladies were on a roll after our mid week game and were itching to play some nice football on what was a bit of a muddy pitch at Galloway v Claudelands. Both teams kept steady play for the first 18 minutes until April finished off a beautiful string of passes that started from Centre back Maria.Claudelands held us off again until young Zoë found the back of the net taking us into half time at 2-0.
Zoë opened the second half for us after all of 60 seconds with a long range shot (or maybe a cross?)Rachel doubled down with two goals in two minutes before Lydia put away a third just minutes later. Credit to Claudelands who came back fighting, making Aimee pull off a signature save or two and stay hungry for her clean sheet. Lydia found the net again making it a three way battle for a hat-trick. Rachel won the battle with just a few minutes to go after a perfectly placed through ball from Auryn
All in all a successful day, our team was full of high spirits and played some beautiful football. Good stuff ladies!
NEXT GAME: Away v Unicol