Reds close in on WaiBOP Premiership and Championship titles

Reds close in on WaiBOP Premiership and Championship titles

Cambridge have boosted their chances of taking both the WaiBOP Premiership and Championship titles with a double header of victories against Tauranga Old Blues.

In the Premiership, competition leaders Cambridge beat third-placed Old Blues 3-1 to effectively end the Bay team’s title challenge.

The win leaves the Reds three points clear (and with a superior goal difference) of Waikato Unicol whose 5-0 win at Rotorua United keeps them in the title race.

In the Championship, Cambridge beat Old Blues 2-0 at John Kerkhof Park to extend their lead to six points with only five rounds of competition to go.

Nearest rivals Tauranga City United lost 2-1 at Otumoetai, helping Cambridge’s cause.

The two victories capped an outstanding day for Cambridge as the club’s men’s B team also caused an upset in the semi-final of the Soccer Shop Waikato Cup, earning a cup final berth with a 2-1 win against Melville United B.

How the B team got to the final of the Waikato Cup.

The win in the Premiership also meant Cambridge retained the WaiBOP Challenge Shield which it won the previous weekend. The club’s next defence of the shield will be against Tauranga Boys College on August 26.

WaiBOP Premiership

Cambridge’s win in the Premiership – the team’s 11th win in a row – was not the most attractive of the season but was never in doubt.

Daniel Clarkson opened the scoring after seven minutes, neatly striking a direct free kick into the far corner of the Old Blues’ goal.

Cambridge kept up the pressure and twice struck the cross bar with efforts from Callum MacLeod and Theo Petropolous.

In the 38th minute, Petropolous scored the goal of the game, hitting a rising shot from the edge of the area into the roof of the net.

After turning round at 2-0, Cambridge effectively ended the contest in the 68th minute when the in-form MacLeod added the side’s third goal.

The Reds were content to hold their lead but lost some concentration late, allowing Old Blues to score a consolation goal through Andy Cooper.

The run-in to the Premiership title - how Cambridge and Unicol shape up.

WaiBOP Championship

In the Championship, Cambridge and Old Blues cancelled each other in the first half but the home side took the win with two goals in a seven-minute spell soon after half-time.

Andrew Taylor, making his comeback after injury, put Cambridge ahead when he converted a Mason Woodall free-kick in the 51st minute.

Midfielder Craig Hedges scored his first goal of the season in the 58th minute to make it 2-0.

Player of the Day was defender Dehein Hindley who inspired his team to only its fourth clean sheet of the season.

The Championship title could well be sorted next weekend when Cambridge travel to fourth-placed Otumoetai, and second-placed Unicol meet third-placed Tauranga City United.

Waikato divisions

The Cambridge men's A team lost 6-0 at Ngaruawahia United.

Our D2 team lost 1-0 at West Hamilton United in the Waikato Division D. The D1s had a bye.

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Date Added: Saturday, 12th August 2017
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