Cambridge 4 v Eastern City 3
25 Jul 2015
Cambridge are making a concerted challenge for the Waikato A Division title after a vital 4-3 win against league leaders Eastern City.
Cambridge went into the match in third place but only a point behind the Hamilton side, turning the clash into a classic “six-pointer”.
In front of their own supporters at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge overhauled City with goals from Gavin Clark (2), Blair Ludlum and Andrew Taylor.
The team kept its nerve best in a close and often messy game but youngster Stephen Watson had an excellent game and Player of the Day was Alex Ball who man-marked City’s key player.
The Waikato A competition is turning into a three-way contest between Cambridge, Eastern City and Morrinsville.
All three teams are involved in Waikato Cup games next Saturday (August 1).
Cambridge Legends 5 v Melville A1 3
21 Apr 2012
The Branderson Homes Cambridge Legends entertained their home fans for the first in 2012 with a tasty home encounter with a strong Melville side on Saturday..
Coach McIsaac named an unchanged starting line up, with Alex Ball making his Legends debut off the bench.
The young Melville side couldn’t have hoped for a better start with a goal after just 5 minutes, which seemed to spark the Reds into action. Some sublime passing football finished off by a quality Davy Thomas strike got the home side level and then Tony McIsaac was brought down in the box and Jason Szabo stepped up to slam the spot kick away for his first goal in the Red & White Stripes. Bevan Mayo was once again creating plenty from the back and it was his clever inter-play with Mark Stuttard and Brad Tunley that released Wayne Watson who was fouled in the box for the Reds 2nd penalty. Davy Thomas stepped up and made it 3 – 1 and then an inch perfect Steve Lee cross found Jason Szabo’s in the area and his well timed header made it 4 – 1 just before the break.
The Micky Welten skippered Reds resumed the scoring soon after the break with Richie Mita’s surging run finding an unmarked Bevan Mayo at the far post who slotted in the Reds 5th. Nathan Claridge, Alex Ball and Paul Hughes were all introduced in the 2nd half and some tied legs late in the match saw the visitors get a couple of consolation goals…
Final Score Cambridge 5 Melville A1 3
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the Day went to Jason Szabo, with strong games also from Micky Welten, Richie Mita and Mark Stuttard. The Reds gave a free lesson in Football on Saturday with some fantastic passing and movement, which will send a warning to the rest of the teams in Waikato A. Next week the Reds travel to Hamilton to take on Eastern City, 2.45pm kick off.
Morrinsville A 1 v Cambridge Legends A 4
14 Apr 2012
The Branderson Homes Cambridge Legends travelled to near neighbours Morrinsville for the 1st match of the 2012 Waikato A season…
Coach McIsaac had a lot of familiar faces back for another crack at the title, along with a number of debutants wearing the famous Red & White stripes for the first time.
Early goals from Strikers Wayne Watson and Tony McIsaac eased some early nerves and allowed the Reds to slow the game down in the oppressive heat.
Playing their first games for the Legends, Midfielders Jason Szabo and Brad Tunley were busy in the middle of the park, ably supported by stalwarts Mark Stuttard and Davy Thomas…
Early in the 2nd spell the home side got a goal back from a messy little deflection, but skipper Micky Welten soon got the boys settled back down and Davy Thomas slotting home the Reds 3rd in response.
An inch perfect Richie Mita through ball found the impressive Bevan Mayo who set up Wayne Watson for the 4th and his 2nd of the match to seal the victory…
Final Score Cambridge 4 Morrinsville 1
The Albert Street Panel & Paint Player of the Day went to Wayne Watson, with good games also from Bevan Mayo, Steve Lee and Aidan Taylor.
Great start by the Reds, with some quality football, mixed in with some early season rustiness… Next week the Boys take on Melville at John Kerhoff Park, kick off 2.45pm… See you there.
Cambridge Legends 2 v UNICOL 0
20 Aug 2011
Branderson Homes Legends
The Reds returned home on Saturday to take on Waikato University on a perfect day for football…
Despite John Kerkoff Number 1 pitch resembling a cow paddock, the Reds tried to play attractive football with chances a plenty in the 1st spell. Micky Welten, Blair Ludlam and Mark Jones were all unlucky not to score in the early exchanges, but it was Davy Thomas who finally broke the deadlock after a Richie Mita goal kick was flicked on by Tony McIsaac and the left sided midfielder put away his 9th for the season. It wasn’t all one way traffic though with the visitors testing keeper Aidan Taylor on several occasions before the break.
The 2nd spell saw Mark Stuttard, Jack Taylor and Paul Hughes introduced and the chances kept coming with Bevan Mayo and Tony McIsaac having goals disallowed and Josh Powell and Lance Brown keeping the door shut at the other end. With 15 minutes to go Paul Hughes and Davy Thomas combined to release Jack Taylor who slotted home his 3rd for the year to seal the points…
Final Score Cambridge 2 Waikato Unicol 0
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the Day went to Tony McIsaac, with strong games also from Richie Mita, Lance Brown and Aidan Taylor… The Reds take a break for a couple of weeks until they take on Claudelands Rovers at John Kerkoff Park on 10th September… See you there.
Eastern City 1 v Cambridge Legends 5
13 Aug 2011
Branderson Homes Legends
The Reds travelled up state highway 1 to take on Eastern City in Hamilton on Saturday keen to build on their impressive late season run…
It was a strange start to the match with the Reds conceding a freak goal inside the first minute. Coach McIsaac and the troops rallied quickly after the early set back with Jack Taylors rasping shot parried into the path of Blair Ludlam who levelled the scores from close range. Josh Powell and Mark Jones set up the Reds 2nd goal with Davy Thomas on hand to tuck the ball away from just inside the area. 5 minutes before the break a moment of madness saw an Eastern City player punished with a Red Card to reduce the home side to 10 men for the rest of the match.
It was one way traffic in the 2nd 45 with Lance Brown and Richie Mita impressive at the back and Ron Kardas and Bevan Mayo supplying plenty of dangerous crosses from out wide. Davy Thomas got his 2nd with an impressive strike after some good build up play from Tony McIsaac and then the Coach rounded the keeper and slotting home the 4th before Keeper Aidan Taylor made it 5 from the penalty spot converting his first goal of the season in style. Final Score Cambridge 5 Eastern City 1
The Albert Street Panel & Paint Man of the Match went to Richie Mita with strong games also from Tony McIsaac, Josh Powell and Mark Jones. Next week the Reds take on Waikato Unicol at John Kerhoff Park, kick off 12.30pm, see you there.
Wanderers 1 v Cambridge Legends 1
06 Aug 2011
Branderson Homes Legends
It doesn’t get much bigger than a clash between the Cambridge Legends and the Wanderers Classics and on Saturday the two top teams in the Waikato A Division locked horns for what turned out to be a rip snorter of a match.
On a fantastic Porritt Stadium Number 1 surface the Reds had the better of the first 20 minutes with chances falling for Blair Ludam and Bevan Mayo before the home side managed a counter attack and slipped the ball past Aidan Taylor for the opening goal. Minutes later Mark Stuttard was brought down just outside the box and Davy Thomas smacked the ball past the Wanderers keeper to level the scores. Blair Ludlam was then brought down in the area after some clever inter-play with Tony McIsaac, but Davy Thomas wasn’t able to convert the spot kick for what should have been a well deserved halftime lead.
Lance Brown and Richie Mita were having a superb match at the back, supported well by their outside backs Josh Powell and Ron Kardas. Micky Welten went close early in the 2nd spell and Jack Taylor should have had a penalty late in the game, but the deadlock wasn’t to be broken despite both teams enterprise…
Final Score Cambridge 1 Hamilton Wanderers 1
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the Day went to Lance Brown with strong games also from Blair Ludlam, Richie Mita and Aidan Taylor. Next week the Reds take on Eastern City away, kick off 2.45pm, see you there.
Claudeland Rovers 0 v Cambridge Legends 2
23 Jul 2011
Banderson Homes Legends
The Reds were back at Galloway Park on Saturday to take on Claudelend Rovers A2’s.
Coach McIsaac was without a few key players and the team hadn’t trained for 4 weeks but they started brightly enough with Lance Brown and Bevan Mayo having chances early. Micky Welten paired up with Mark Stuttard in the engine room and the Skipper was dominate in the 1st spell. Keeper Aidan Taylor made a fine one on one save late in the half and McIsaac rattled the woodwork before delivering a inch perfect corner for Welten to head the Reds into the lead 1 minute from oranges.
Davy Thomas limped off with a groin injury early in the 2nd half replaced by young Jack Taylor and Centre Backs Wayne Watson and Richie Mita remained well and truly in control in defence. With 20 minutes remaining Paul Hughes won a corner for the Reds and McIsaac delivered the ball on a plate to young Jack Taylor who powered home a header to seal the points.
Final Score Cambridge 2 Claudeland Rovers A2 0
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the Day went to Lance Brown with strong games also from Wayne Watson, Paul Hughes and Tony McIsaac. Next week the Legends take on Hamilton North at John Kerkoff Park, kick off 2.30pm, see you there...
Cambridge Legends 2 v Morrinsville 1
09 Jul 2011
Branderson Homes Legends
Returned to John Kerkoff Park after 4 weeks of away matches to take on near neighbours Morrinsville and for the first time this season Coach McIsaac had a full squad to choose from.
Young Jack Taylor made his Legends debut in for the injured Blair Ludlam and he impressed in the early exchanges. Josh Powell and Mark Stuttard were once again running things in the midfield supplying plenty of quality ball for wide men Davy Thomas and Lance Brown. Despite all the procession and changes falling for both Taylor and McIsaac the scores were level at the break...
Lance Brown got the scoreboard moving early in the 2nd spell with a well taken goal and then Coach McIsaac looked like he had sealed the points for the Reds shortly after with a tidy finish from a tight angle. A Late strike from the visitors had Skipper Welten and centre back partner Wayne Watson weathering a Morrinsville storm but the Reds hung on for a first win 3 games.
Final score Cambridge 2 Morrinsville 1
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the match went to Tony McIsaac, with good games also from Mark Jones, Aidan Taylor and Paul Hughes. An overdue 3 points for the Reds, which hopefully has got the champs underway again. Next week it’s the big top of table clash against Hamilton Wanderers Classics at Porritt Stadium, kick off 1.00pm, see you there.
Melville United 2 v Cambridge Legends 1
02 Jul 2011
Branderson Homes Legends
Once again were on the Road when they took on Melville at Gower Park for their 4th away match in a row...
With the bare minimum number of players and some walking wounded the Reds were up against it from the start and it was the home side who took an early lead. A seemingly harmless through ball was miss-read by the defence and tucked passed a helpless Aidan Taylor by the Melville striker...
The Reds quickly fashioned a reply via a Tony McIsaac corner, which was met at the far post by Josh Powell who's powerful header bet the keeper to level the scores. A missed timed challenge from the Reds keeper earned the home side a penalty minutes later, which keeper Taylor was unlucky not to save. The Reds were then awarded their own penalty when McIsaac was brought down in the box, only for Blair Ludlam to have his spot kick well saved by the Melville Keeper...
The 2nd spell was a real arm wrestle with both sides trading blows, but it was the Greens of Melville who managed to hang on for their first victory against the Legends in 5 years.
Final Score Cambridge 1 Melville 2
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the Day went Aidan Taylor, with strong games also from Richie Mita and Lance Brown. Another disappointing result for the Reds who have to find the winners circle again soon to get there season back on track. Next week its Morrinsville at John Kerkoff Park, kick off 2.30pm, see you there.
Claudeland Rovers 1 v Cambridge Legends 1
25 Jun 2011
Branderson Homes Legends
Travelled North once again for the 3rd away game in a row when they took on Claudelands Rovers A1’s.
After their shock loss the previous week, the Reds were keen to bounce back but started poorly conceding a goal after just 1 minute... Recovering from the shock the Reds looked to dominate the first half with McIsaac and Ludlam having chances and Mark Stuttard going inches wide from a Lance Brown corner. An elbow injury to Richie Mita saw the introduction of Marc Thomas into the game, just in time for halftime oranges.
Still 1 nil down at the turn around and the game seemed to deteriorate into a mud fest despite Josh Powell and Bevan Mayo’s best efforts in the middle of the park. Finally the Reds manage to find an equaliser via a Aidan Taylor clearance, which was helped on by McIsaac into the path of Ludlam who tucked the ball away from inside the six...
Final Score Cambridge 1 Claudelands Rovers 1
The Albert Street Panel & Paint Player of the Day went to Lance Brown, with good games also from Micky Welten and Wayne Watson. Another substandard performance from the Champs who need to find their Mojo before taking on Melville next week at Gower Park, kick off 2.45pm... See you there.
Hamilton Wanderers 3 v Cambridge Legends 2
18 Jun 2011
Banderson Homes Legends
After last week’s abandoned match at Porrit Stadium the Reds were back to the same venue to take on the young Hamilton Wanderers A1 team.
Despite challenging pitch conditions and Coach McIsaac struggling to field a fit and available squad, the Reds started brightly with Josh Powell and Mark Stuttard leading the charge. Lance Brown was also creating opportunities out wide with both Blair Ludlam and Tony McIsaac going close early on.
After 20 minutes Josh Powell opened the scoring after some neat work from Coach McIsaac inside the area and the Banker rammed home from close range. Keeper Aidan Taylor was once again superb between the sticks and his wonderful save kept the Reds advantage intact at the break.
The home side hit back early in the 2nd half compliments of the Referee and the penalty spot and then the Blues stole the lead just 5 minutes later from a still shell-shocked Reds. Skipper Micky Welten then got the Legends back into the contest via a Mark Jones corner, which was headed straight at the Wanderers keeper by Richie Mita and the skipper was there to slam the ball home from inside the six.
The Reds then poured on the pressure with Paul Hughes, Blair Ludlam and Davy Thomas all going desperately close to finding a winner but it the home who took all 3 points with a heart breaking goal close to the end...
Final score Cambridge 2 Hamilton Wanderers 3.
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the Day went to Josh Powell, with good games also from Mark Stuttard and Aidan Taylor. The first league defeat since May 2010 for the Legends, who remain top of the table but will want to get back to winning ways against Claudeland Rovers A1 at Galloway Park, kick off 12.30pm... See you there.
Cambridge Legends 2 v Claudeland Rovers 0
04 Jun 2011
Banderson Homes Legends
After an ambush from Ngaruawahia last week in the Waikato Cup it was back to league action against 2nd place Claudeland Rovers A1’s at John Kerkhoff Park...
Coach McIsaac was without Richie Mita and Lance Brown for this top of the table encounter, but welcomed back Bevan Mayo, Paul Hughes, Wayne Watson and Ron Kardas.
The Reds looked the goods in the first spell with Bevan Mayo and Paul Hughes slipping back into the right hand side of the park without missing a beat. Mark Jones and the recently engaged Davy Thomas created the first goal for the Reds with a nicely worked move, which found Blair Ludlam 1 on 1 with the keeper and the Rovers glove man brought down the teacher and the Referee pointed to the spot. Ludlam made no mistake from 12 yards.
Skipper Micky Welten started the move, which created the Reds 2nd with a timely intervention and pass to Josh Powell who found Paul Hughes out wide. The plumber whipped in an early cross, met by a flying Mark Stuttard and the ball somehow looped over the keepers head for the builders 2nd of this campaign... Blair Ludlam was denied by the post late in the half and at the other end keeper Aidan Taylor pulled off as couple of blinders to keep the visitors scoreless at the break.
2 nil up at the turn around and Coach McIsaac was denied by the woodwork early in the half from a superb Bevan Mayo cross and Ludlam had a couple more chances to extend the lead but the Reds couldn’t add to the first half scoring.
Final Score Cambridge 2 Claudeland Rovers 0
The Albert St Panel & Paint Player of the Day went to Micky Welten, with strong games also from Wayne Watson and Aidan Taylor. The Reds are now 6 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.
Next week the Reds begin a 4 game run of away matches, beginning with Wanderers Classics at Porritt Stadium, kick off 2.30pm
Waikato Unicol 0 v Cambridge Legends 6
21 May 2011
Branderson Homes Legends
Took on Waikato Unicol at the University on Saturday keen to maintain their unbeaten start to 2011...
It didn’t take too long for the Reds to stamp their mark on the match with Coach McIsaac, Lance Brown and Josh Powell combining to open up the home side and give Blair Ludlam a tap in to open the scoring.
Davy Thomas was next on the score sheet, receiving an inch perfect pass from Bevan Mayo, which he finished neatly in the corner. Skipper Micky Welten and Mark Stuttard were the architects for the Reds 3rd with Lance Brown providing the finishing touches.
It was another sleepy afternoon for the Legends Glove man , Aidan Taylor but not so for Wayne Watson who’s racking long balls had Blair Ludlam working the touchline and it was his cross that found Coach McIsaac unmarked to make 4 zip at the break.
Tony Dikmans was inserted at the break and Richie Mita pushed forward in a reshuffled line up, which took a little while to gel... Lance Brown was once again involved in number 5 when his pin point cross on the run was met by Blair Ludlam who made no mistake from inside the six. Chances were now coming thick and fast with Richie Mita, Josh Powell and Tony Dikmans all going close, but it was the Geography teacher, Blair Ludlam who completed the scoring with a well taken goal to wrap up his 2nd hat trick for 2011...
Final Score Cambridge 6 Waikato Unicol 0
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the day went to Lance Brown, with strong games also from Blair Ludlam and Mark Stuttard.
Next week the Reds have a 2nd Round Waikato Cup match away to Ngaruawahia D, kick off 2.00pm... See you there.
Cambridge Legends 6 v Eastern City 0
14 May 2011
It was another home encounter for the top of the table Reds on Saturday when they took on mid table Eastern City...
The home side were quickly out of the blocks with Blair Ludlam opening the scoring after some good work from Lance Brown out wide. Tony McIsaac then bundled in from close range to double the advantage. Skipper Micky Welten and Mark Stuttard seemed to have the measure of their opposites in the engine room and it was the skipper that found Coach McIsaac lurking inside the area and his finish was too hot for the City keeper.
3 nil at the turn around and the Richie Mita lead defence looked untroubled by the City strikers with Wayne Watson, Bevan Mayo and Paul Hughes making it look easy. Some smart inter-play from Davy Thomas and Blair Ludlam created another chance for Coach McIsaac and he made no mistake to complete his hat trick. A crisp Mark Jones pass was then put after by Bevan Mayo to chalk up his 1st for 2011 and then Tony Dikmans and Oz McNamara combined to give Coach McIsaac a simple header to complete the scoring...
Final Score Cambridge 6 Eastern City 0
The Amcal Cambridge POD went to Tony McIsaac with good games also from Micky Welten and Lance Brown.
Next week the Reds are away to Waikato Unicol, 12.30 kick off... See you there.
Cambridge Legends 5 v Wanderers Classics 2
07 May 2011
The Branderson Homes Cambridge Legends took on old foes Hamilton Wanderers Classics at John Kerhoff Park on Saturday... It doesn’t get much bigger than this in the Waikato A Division and the match lived up to the hype...
After a slow start the Reds finally got the score board moving via a Davey Thomas corner, which was only half cleared to Josh Powell who volleyed home a screamer from distance into the top corner... Strikers Tony McIsaac and Blair Ludlam were now starting to find space behind the visitors back four and both had chances to double the advantage before Mark Stuttard’s clever pass found Davey Thomas inside the box and was brought down for the Legends first penalty in 2011. Thomas then made no mistake from the spot to take the Reds into the sheds with a 2 nil lead...
The 2nd spell started brightly for the visitors with two quick strikes levelling the score early and shocking the Reds into action. Coach McIsaac was then brought down in the area and Davey Thomas made it 2 from 2 from the spot and then Blair Ludlam cashed in on a Coach McIsaac cross to double the Reds lead... Mark Jones, Oz McNamara and Tony Dikmans gave the Reds some impact off the bench and then Ludlam completed the scoring with a nicely taken goal just before Aidan Taylor pulled off a penalty save to finally sink the visitors.
Final Score Cambridge 5 Wanderers Classics 2
The Albert St Panel & Paint Player of the Day went to Davey Thomas, with outstanding games also from Richie Mita, Micky Welten and Lance Brown.
Next week the Reds take on Eastern City at John Kerkhoff Park, kick off 12.30pm... See you there.
Cambridge Legends 3 v Hamilton North 0
30 Apr 2011
After having Easter off the Branderson Homes Cambridge Legends were back in action against Hamilton North in Flagstaff on Saturday...
A late kick off and a poor quality surface appeared to have an effect on the Reds with the quality of the football below what is normally expected for the first ½ hour. A Davey Thomas screamer finally got the champs underway. His sweetly timed volley couldn’t have been struck any better from just outside the penalty area. 5 minutes later Ron Kardas found Coach McIsaac lurking in the half circle and his perfectly timed layoff was smacked into the net by Lance Brown to double the lead and give the right midfielder his first for the season.
The midfield duo of Josh Powell and Mark Stuttard were now starting to take control and it seemed like the Reds were heading for a goal fest...
At the turn around the chances kept coming with Blair Ludlam working well with the ranging Wayne Watson out wide. Centre Backs Richie Mita and Micky Welten gave keeper Aidan Taylor another easy ride between the sticks, but at 2 nil the home side were still in the contest. Blair Ludlam finally put the result beyond doubt rising to head in a Bevan Mayo cross to finish the scoring. With 20 minutes remaining Mark Jones was introduced for a brief cameo at left back.
Final score Cambridge 3 Hamilton North 0
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the Day went to Davey Thomas, with strong games also from Blair Ludlam, Mark Stuttard and Wayne Watson. Next week the Legends return to John Kerkhoff Park to take on Hamilton Wanderers Classics, kick off 12.30pm, see you there.
Cambridge Legends A 1 v Melville 1
09 Apr 2011
The Branderson Homes Cambridge Legends had another tough home encounter on Saturday when they took on a useful Melville team at John Kerkoff Park.
Skipper, Micky Welten and keeper Aidan Taylor were out with injury, making way for Legends debutants Ron Kardas and 1st keeper Cale Villinger. Josh Powell also returned to side after several years in the South Island.
Just like last week the Reds had a perfect start with Mark Stuttard and Bevan Mayo combining to realise an unmarked Tony McIsaac in penalty box who crossed for Blair Ludlam for a simple tap in. The Reds had plenty chances throughout the 1st spell with Lance Brown, Paul Hughes and Richie Mita all going close, but it was the visitors who levelled the scores late in the half from a quickly taken free kick.
Despite numerous chances at both ends and some goalkeeper heroics, neither team managed to add to scoring in the 2nd spell. Josh Powell and Davy Thomas both had great chances to break the deadlock late in the game and Wayne Watson and Richie Mita defending like their lives depended on it to keep the visitors from snatching a winner...
Final Score Cambridge Legends 1 Melville 1
The Amcal Cambridge Player of the Day went to Debutant Ron Kardas with good games also from Lance Brown and Cale Villinger.
Next week the Legends have their first away match of 2011 when they travel North to Morrinsville...
Cambridge Legends 2 v Under 19 Hamilton Wanderers 2
02 Apr 2011
The Branderson Homes Cambridge Legends kicked off the 2011 Football season with a tricky home encounter against an Under 19 Hamilton Wanderers team.
Coach McIsaac had much of last year's team returning for another crack at the title with a few new faces thrown in the mix.
The Reds made a great start with skipper Micky Welten heading in a Paul Hughes cross after just 5 minutes. The Champs made most of the early running with Blair Ludlam and Lance Brown also going close.
The youngsters from Hamilton then managed to square the ledger after a defensive error gave the Wanderers striker a simple tap in. The visitors then stunned the Reds when they sneaked another one passed keeper Aidan Taylor to take the lead.
Just before the break the Champs levelled the score when Tony McIsaac and Bevan Mayo combined to release Mark Stuttard out wide and his pin point cross was bundled in the net from close range by Blair Ludlam.
With the scores level at the break, both sides now tried to find a winner. There were chances at both ends including efforts from 2011 debutants, Davy Thomas and Ryan McNamara. Despite 3 close range headers, which looked certain to break the stalemate there was no more scoring in the match.
Final Score Cambridge Legends 2 Hamilton Wanderers 2
Considering the age difference and the lack of preparation for the match the Legends were relatively pleased with the points being shared. The Albert Street Panel & Paint POD went to Richie Mita, with strong games also from Mark Stuttard and Wayne Watson.
Next week the Legends are at home again versus Melville, kick off 12.30pm...
See you there.
Waikato Unicol 2 v Cambridge Legends 2
25 Sep 2010
Amcal Cambridge Legends Win Championship
The Amcal Cambridge Legends took on Waikato Unicol A on Saturday knowing a
draw would be good enough to earn them their 3rd title in as many years...
Coach McIsaac was without key players Blair Ludlam and Tony Dikmans for the
match and Reds looked nervous in the opening exchanges with the home side
taking the lead after just 15 minutes and then doubling their advantage on
the half hour. The Reds were shocked into action with Richie Hill and Lance
Brown both going close before the break...
The Champs came out for the 2nd spell with more purpose with Mark Jones,
Micky Welten and Mark Stuttard finally taking control of the midfield battle.
A perfect Richie Mita through ball found Tony McIsaac outwide and his low
cross was met by Bevan Mayo who slipped the ball passed the Unicol keeper to
reduce the margin. With 20 minutes to go Wayne Watson earned the Reds a
freekick and Bevan Mayo's inch perfect kick was met by Tony McIsaac who
headed in the equalizer. A tied Legends team managed to keep the home side
in check for the remaining minutes and the final whistle singled the
celebrations to begin...
Final Score Waikato Unicol 2 Cambridge Legends 2
The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to Paul Hughes with strong games from Micky Welten, and Aidan Taylor. Another fantastic season for the Legends, continuing their proud record and another piece of silverware is added to the collection...Thanks to all of our supporters in 2010. See you next year.
Amcal Cambridge Legends 4 v Melville 0
18 Sep 2010
The Amcal Cambridge Legends payed at home for the last time this season against Melville knowing that a win would virtually guarantee them their 3rd title in 3 years...
The Reds were rampant in the first 10 minutes with Tony McIsaac scoring a fine goal with his first touch of the game and Blair Ludlam cracking in a second 2 minutes later. With the pressure off the Legends turned on the style with Mark Jones, Mark Stuttard and Micky Welten having a field day in the middle of the park. Lance Brown was carving up outwide and his crosses were causing mayhem in the visitors box. Just before the break a Tony Dikmans corner was met at the near post by Coach McIsaac who make it 3 nil with a fine glancing header.
The impressive centre back pairing of Richie Mita and Richie Hill kept things well under control at the back with Paul Hughes injecting himself forward at every opportunity. Blair Ludlam then added another goal to his impressive season tally to make it 4 nil early in the 2nd spell. Wayne Watson and Graham Jones were introduced into the contest with 20 minutes remaining but the Reds couldn't add to the tally..
Final Score Cambridge 4 Melville 0
The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to Blair Ludlam, with good games also from Tony McIsaac and Richie Hill.
With 1 point needed from the 2 remaining games, the Legends can almost taste another championship title.
Next week the Reds are away at Waikato Unicol, kick off 2.45pm...
Waikato UNICOL 2 v Amcal Cambridge Legends 2
12 Sep 2010
After their scheduled Saturday match versus Hamilton Wanderers was postponed the Legends took on Waikato Unicol A2 at the University on Sunday...
Another heavy water logged pitch prevented much football being played, which suited the home side who took the lead after 20 minutes. Bevan Mayo got the Legends account underway with a well taken far post volley after 30 minutes. Both Tony Dikmans and Blair Ludlam could have added to the first half tally only to be denied by the post and goalkeeper.
1 all at the turn around and it stayed that way 15 minutes until the end when the home side scored against the run of play to take the lead. Skipper and stand in coach Micky Welten rallied the troops and Bevan Mayo finished a Graham Jones cross to snatched a point with 5 minutes remaining. Mark Jones had an unstoppable shot somehow saved by the keeper with time up on the clock to deny the Legends a deserved 3 points...
Final Score Waikato Unicol 2 Cambridge Legends 2
The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to Bevan Mayo with strong games from Aidan Taylor, Josh Powell and Lance Brown.
The Legends now have one hand on the championship with just 4 points required from their last 3 games. Next week the Legends take on Melville at Vogel Street, kick off 12.45pm, see you there.
Amcal Cambridge Legends 4 v Eastern City 1
28 Aug 2010
Back home at last after a couple of weeks break from league action to take on top of the table Eastern City in a match that would go along way to deciding the title race...
The visitors couldn't have hoped for a better start with an early goal, which seemed to rattle the Reds who were far from looking their best after 20 minutes. With Centre backs Richie Mita and Richie Hill leading the way the Reds slowly got themselves back into the match and with 10 to go a Lance Brown cross was met by Tony Dikmans and fell nicely to Blair Ludlam who tapped it in from close range.
1 all at the turn around and after just 5 minutes of the 2nd spell the challenge from the Hamilton based club was over. Another perfect cross from Lance Brown was tucked away by Blair Ludlam and the teacher completed his hat trick 2 minutes later this time courtesy of a Bevan Mayo cross. The Reds were now rampant all over the park and Paul Hughes got into the act with inch perfect cross for Ludlam to get his 4th.
In the final minutes of the game, Tony McIsaac punished a defensive error and smashed in the Legends 5th to seal an emphatic victory.
Final Score Cambridge Legends 5 Eastern City 1
The Chris Ryan POD went to goal machine Blair Ludlam with strong games also from Richie Mita, Aidan Taylor and Richie Hill. Next week the Reds are at home again, versus Claudeland Rovers at 1.00pm, see you there.
Amcal Cambridge Legends 4 v Waikato Unicol A 2
07 Aug 2010
After a run of away fixtures the Amcal Cambridge Legends were pleased to be back home to take on a useful Waikato Unicol A side on Saturday...
Testing conditions and a enthusiastic Student body put pressure on the Reds in the early exchanges and it was the visitors that took a deserved early lead. Stand in skipper Mark Stuttard and midfield partner Mark Jones both went close with Jones rattling the woodwork. With 10 minutes left in the half a Lance Brown throw found Tony McIsaac in the box and a rash challenge conceded a penalty. Tony Dikmans stepped up and his effort was saved by the Unicol keeper and the follow up shot smacked the woodwork. Another penalty for hand ball just before the break saw Paul Hughes step up from 12 yards and he made no mistake to secure his first goal in 2010.
Goalkeeper Aidan Taylor was having an fantastic game between the poles dealing with several one-on-ones and making numerous saves to keep the scores level. With 20 minutes remaining a third penalty was awarded to the Reds and Blair Ludlam stepped up and slammed it home. 5 minutes later a perfect Wayne Watson through ball found Ludlam who skipped passed his marker to double the lead. A frantic last couple of minutes saw the visitors pull one back only to see Richie Mita play a perfect square ball to Ludlam to complete his hat trick and the scoring.
Huntly Thistle 0 v Amcal Cambridge Legends 3
31 Jul 2010
The Legends travelled north up state Highway 1 to take on league strugglers Huntly on Saturday.
The Reds looked good early on and took the lead via a Tony Dikman's corner, which fell to Tony McIsaac at the far post who smashed his close range effort into the roof of the net. Despite the midfield pairing of Micky Welten and Mark Stuttard dominating their opposites, the rest of the half saw the champs squander numerous chances.
It was much the same story in the 2nd spell with Mark Jones and Richie Mita untroubled at the back and keeper Aidan Taylor enjoying another easy afternoon between the sticks. It was one way traffic on the right with Graham Jones and Lance Brown asking questions of the home side and it was a Lance Brown cross, which found Mark Stuttard who's neat little flick found Coach McIsaac who's shot was deflected into the path of Bevan Mayo who found the net. Blair Ludlam was then brought down in the box for a penalty and Aidan Taylor despite two attempts couldn't find the net from 12 yards.
Final Score Huntly 0 Cambridge Legends 2
The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to birthday boy Mark Jones, with strong games also from Micky Welten and Richie Mita. Next week the Legends are back at John Kerkoff Park taking on Waikato Unicol A, kick off 12.30pm, see you there.
Melville Old Boys 2 v Amcal Cambridge Legends 5
24 Jul 2010
The reds traveled to Hamilton to take on the Melville Old Boys in the last 16 of the Waikato Cup on Saturday with the Reds expecting a tough encounter against a well performing B Division side.
An early goal from Tony McIsaac after a great tackle and cross from Lance Brown seemed to settle the nerves, but against the run of play the home side struck back with a shot that stand in Keeper Paul Hughes found too hot to handle. Before the break an injured Richie Hill was replaced by Mark Jones to partner Richie Mita in the heart of the defense.
After a frustrating first 45 minutes in front of goal, Mark Stuttard showed the way with a superb volley from a Micky Welten cross and then Tony McIsaac headed in his second of the day after Blair Ludlam and Graham Jones combined well to find the coach free in the box. A well taken freekick by the home side reduced the lead to one, only for the Reds to restore the 2 goal cushion with a Bevan Mayo thunderbolt. Blair Ludlam then rapped up the scoring from inside the six via a Tony Dikmans freekick.
The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to Paul Hughes with strong games from Tony Dikmans and Richie Mita.
Amcal Cambridge Legends 5 v Morrinsville 0
17 Jul 2010
After a reaching the last 16 of the Waikato Cup with an away win against Te Aroha last week, the Amcal Cambridge Legends were back into League action when they took on a useful Morrinsville side at Vogel Street on Saturday...
With 80% possession the champs still made hard work of the first half, with the visitors content to put players behind the ball and it wasn't until the 30 minute mark that a Micky Welten through ball found Tony McIsaac free in the area and a neat pass found Mark Jones who scrambled the ball in the net for his first of the season.
The second half saw the Reds change up a gear, with Lance Brown doubling the advantage from close range after Mark Stuttard's initial effort was saved by the keeper. Blair Ludlam then made it 3, with another tap in after some good build up play from Richie Hill and Richie Mita. An impressive Tony Dikmans conjured up the Reds 4th when his mazy run found Coach McIsaac, who skipped passed two defenders and smacked his shot into the corner. Keeper Aidan Taylor had another holiday between the sticks, unlike Paul Hughes who had a busy day and it was his cross that found Lance Brown who's fine header found the net and completed the scoring.
Final Score Cambridge 5 Morrinsville 0
The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to Lance Brown with good games also from Tony Dikmans and Richie Mita. Next week the Reds take on the Melville Old Boys in the last 16 of the Waikato Cup in Hamilton, kick off 2.00pm.
Melville Knights 1 v Amcal Cambridge Legends 4
03 Jul 2010
The Amcal Cambridge Legends took on the bottom place side Melville Knights in Hamilton on Saturday in what should of been a straight forward 3 points...
Blair Ludlam got the Reds underway with an early headed goal from a Lance Brown Cross, but despite numerous chances at both ends there was no further score at the end of the half. First half injuries to Graham Jones and Wayne Watson saw Lee McNally and Mark Jones introduced earlier than expected.
With 25 minutes remaining a deflected shot from Mark Stuttard fell nicely to Tony McIsaac who finished from close range to finally ease the nerves. Blair Ludlam got his 2nd for the day minutes later after some fine football from the back involving Paul Hughes and Richie Mita. Micky Welten's bursting run from midfield created the Reds last goal, which Bevan Mayo slipped in from just inside the area. A late consolation goal from the home side in the final minute ended the scoring.
Amcal Cambridge Legends 3 v Hamilton North 0
19 Jun 2010
The Amcal Cambridge Legends were back into Championship mode after their Cup Match last week and took on Hamilton North Old Boys on Saturday...
After several chances, a mountain of possession and a frustrating first 20 minutes, Blair Ludlam got the ball rolling with a well taken goal after some good work from Bevan Mayo and Tony McIsaac. Coach McIsaac then doubled the lead from close range courtesy of some great build up play involving Lance Brown, Paul Hughes and Graham Jones. Despite a number of corners and chances falling to Graham Jones and Micky Welten the Reds couldn't add to the tally before the break.
Keeper, Aidan Taylor was enjoying another quiet day between the sticks and Richie Mita and Richie Hill were making it look easy at the back. An impressive Wayne Watson created Ludlam's 2nd for the day, with the teacher finishing well from a tight angle. Coach McIsaac was then brought down in the box for a penalty and the post denied Ludlam his 3rd for the day from 12 yards. The Legends welcomed back Mark Jones off the bench after a long injury lay off and introduced young Josh Clark for the final 20 minutes... The Chris Ryan POD went to Graham Jones.
Waikato Unicol 3 v Amcal Cambridge Legends 5
12 Jun 2010
Legends Advance into next round
The Amcal Cambridge Legends traveled north to take on Waikato Unicol A2 in the first round of the Waikato Cup on Saturday keen to reverse a recent form slump and get back to winning ways...
An enthusiastic student body made a great start with 2 quick goals to put the Reds on their heals early on and then Blair Ludlam got one back via a Lance Brown cross. The Uni Students then restored the 2 goal cushion with a fine finish, which keeper, Aidan Taylor could only watch and admire. 3 - 1 down and Reds finally woke up with Mark Stuttard and Lee McNally providing the spark in the midfield to get the Reds going forward and 10 minutes from the break, Tony McIsaac crossed superbly for Blair Ludlam to head in his second. Bevan Mayo then leveled the scores with a rasping shot that was helped in the net by the Unicol defender to complete the 1st half revival.
The Richie Hill lead defense shut the door on an impressive Unicol strike force in the 2nd half, ably supported by Richie Mita, Paul Hughes and Wayne Watson. With 25 minutes remaining Bevan Mayo found Tony McIsaac in the box and an awkward challenge saw the Coach take a tumble and the referee pointed to the spot. Blair Ludlam stepped up and converted the penalty for his 3rd of the day. The result was then confirmed when Mark Stuttard's pin point pass found Coach McIsaac who shot wide of the keeper to seal the win.
The Chris Ryan POD went to Blair Ludlam, with good games also from Lee McNally, Richie Mita and Aidan Taylor.
Amcal Cambridge Legends 2 v Hamilton Wanderers 2
05 Jun 2010
The boys took on familiar foes Hamilton Wanderers Classics at John Kerkoff Park on Saturday keen to bounced back after their shock defeat the previous week...
For the second week running the Reds fielded a below strength side with several key players missing in action and the visitors took advantage of that early on with an effort on goal, which seemed to slip through the hands of stand-in keeper, Dave Casbolt to open the scoring. Going a goal down seemed to spark up the Reds with Bevan Mayo and Tony Dikmans creating things out wide, but strikers Blair Ludlam and Tom Gifford weren't having much luck in front of goal...
1 nil down at the break and it got worse for the home side when a mix up between Graham Jones and Richie Hill saw the Wanderers striker nip in to put another past Casbolt in goal to double the lead. With 30 minutes remaining and nothing to lose the Reds piled on the pressure. Richie Mita rose superbly to header in a Tony McIsaac corner to half the deficit and then Paul Hughes, Micky Welten and Tom Gifford combined to give Blair Ludlam a simple tap in to level the scores. A number of changes went begging late in the game, which should have got all 3 points for the Reds, but it wasn't to be..
Eastern City 4 v Amcal Cambridge Legends 0
29 May 2010
A below par Amcal Cambridge Legends traveled to Hamilton to take on top of the table Eastern City on Saturday...
Minus 4 key players it was always going to be a tall order even for the Legends and on a waterlogged pitch the task was made even harder...
With only 5 minutes gone a nasty head clash had the Reds Goalkeeper, Aidan Taylor taking an unscheduled snooze, which didn't help the big mans timing as the home side scored two quick goals before a change could be made between the sticks with Wayne Watson taking the gloves. Lance Brown, Blair Ludlam, Graham Jones and Tony McIsaac all went close to halving the home sides advantage before the break..
At the turn around the Legends with nothing to lose started throwing bodies forward with Richie Hill, Paul Hughes and youngster Josh Clarke left a little exposed at the back the home side took advantage with two late goals to sink the League Champs...
A shocker for the Reds, which can be put down to a bad day at the office. The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to the impressive youngster and stand in right-back, Josh Clarke.
Amcal Cambridge Legends 2 v Waikato Unicol 0
22 May 2010
After a another week off the Amcal Cambridge Legends returned to John Kerkoff Park on Saturday to take on a talented Waikato Unicol 2nd team...
The students looked well and truly up for this encounter and the Reds needed an early Blair Ludlam goal to settle the nerves after Tony Dikman's swung in a perfect corner for the teacher to open the scoring from inside the six.
The Reds midfield of Micky Welten, Mark Stuttard, Bevan Mayo and Tony Dikmans knew they had a battle on their hands as they slogged it out with the visitors engine room. Both teams missed clear chances and it was end to end stuff for the rest of half...
Some stirring words from Coach McIsaac at the break appeared to work a treat with the impressive Wayne Watson releasing a rampant Bevan Mayo who's thunderbolt could only be parried into the path of Tony McIsaac who made no mistake from close range. Two goals down and nothing to lose the students poured on the pressure, with Richie Hill, Paul Hughes, Wayne Watson and Lance Brown defending for their lives and Aidan Taylor saving superbly from close range on several occasions. Super Sub, Grant Mcllmurray went close to making it 3, only to be denied by a fine save from close range in the closing minutes of the match...
Final Score Cambridge Legends 2 Waikato Unicol 0
The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to Wayne Watson with good games also from Richie Hill, Bevan Mayo and Aidan Taylor. A pass mark for the first real examination for the Legends in 2010 and another clear sheet for good measure.
Amcal Cambridge Legends 6 v Huntly Thistle 1
08 May 2010
After 3 Away games in a row the Amcal Cambridge Legends finally had the chance to entertain the home faithful with a match against bottom placed Huntly Thistle at John Kerkhof Park.
Right from the get go it seemed the Reds were in a positive mood with some attractive football on display and chances galore... Blair Ludlam got the score board ticking over with a neat finish from a Tony McIsaac corner and then Richie Mita doubled the advantage with a tidy finish to an impressive move involving Paul Hughes, Mark Stuttard and Micky Welten. It was one way traffic for most of the half and the visitors were glad to be only 2 goals down when the half time whistle blew.
The 2nd 45 was much the same as the first with the Reds playing some superb one and two touch football, which had the visitors struggling for answers... A quality Bevan Mayo free-kick made it 3 nil and then Coach McIsaac got in the act with a well taken goal at the end of a Lance Brown pass and then he doubled his tally with a glancing header from a Wayne Watson cross. Bevan Mayo then got his 2nd for the day after some good build up play from Richie Hill and Blair Ludlam... Unfortunately a slight defensive lapse in the last minute of play allowed the visitors to pinch one passed Sam Butler in the Legends goal to deny the Reds another clean sheet...
The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to our stand-in Referee Graham Jones, with fine performances also from Bevan Mayo, Lance Brown and Richie Mita.
Morrinsville 0 v Amcal Cambridge Legends 2
03 May 2010
The Amcal Cambridge Legends traveled to Morrinsville for a potentially tricky encounter against their near neighbours on Saturday...
Heavy rain before the game meant pitch conditions were not ideal and the quality of football from both sides was scratchy at best. The central midfield combination of Tony Dikmans and Mark Stuttard took a while to get the better of their opposites, but after a helta scelta first 25 minutes the passes started to stick. Lance Brown and Graham Jones were now starting to find their targets with Strikers Blair Ludlam and Tony McIsaac finally managing a number of efforts on goal... Just before the break the Reds opened the scoring with Bevan Mayo winning the ball in his own half and finding Paul Hughes who threaded a perfect pass to goal machine, Blair Ludlam who doesn't miss from there...
A 1 nil advantage at the turn around was soon doubled when a Tony Dikmans corner was only half cleared by the keeper and Coach McIsaac was on hand to head the ball home from inside the six for his first goal in 2010.
The Reds were now content to sit back on their 2 goal advantage with the home side rarely troubling the Richie Hill lead defense or threatening Aidan Taylor's net...
Another great away result despite a less then pretty performance. 9 goals scored and none conceded after 3 games is a healthy return. The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to the impressive Paul Hughes, with strong games also from Richie Hill and Wayne Watson.
Claudelands Rover 0 v Amcal Cambridge Legends 4
24 Apr 2010
2 from 2 for Legends..... After having their match postponed last week, the Amcal Cambridge Legends traveled North to take on Claudelands Rovers on Saturday keen to maintain their positive start.
Once again the legends were faced with baking hot conditions and a rock hard surface, which appeared to help the home side who had the better of the first 20 minutes. Mark Stuttard and skipper Micky Welten then started to stamp their mark on the game allowing wide men Lance Brown and Legends debutante Graham Jones to weave their magic. As usual the front pairing of Coach McIsaac and Blair Ludlam were creating chances and after 30 minutes Ludlam's persistence paid off when he was brought down by the Rovers keeper and the home side was reduced to 10 men. Just before the break Bevan Mayo's clever run and pass found Lance Brown who dribbly effort squeezed between stand-in keeper and post to open the scoring.
After the break it appeared that the home sides will had been broken, with little in the way of attacks for the defensive trio of Wayne Watson, Richie Hill and Mark Jones to worry about. Blair Ludlam doubled his tally for the year shortly after the break, heading in a Coach McIsaac cross and then Lance Brown finished superbly after collecting the ball at halfway and running the length of the field to crash the ball home.
A Micky Welten special completed the route when he tapped the ball home from half a yard from a Tony Dikmans corner.
Once again Aidan Taylor's goal was hardly threatened with the Reds well pleased with another 3 points away from home and another clean sheet. The Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to Lance Brown, with strong games also from Graham Jones, Wayne Watson and Richie Hill. Next week the Legends travel to Morrinsville to take on the locals...
Hamilton North 0 v Amcal Cambridge Legends 3
10 Apr 2010
The Amcal Cambridge Legends kicked off the 2010 season with an away fixture at Hamilton North on Saturday. Almost all the 2009 Legends were back to defend their title and the boys pressed the home side from the first whistle... Football was difficult on a rock hard surface, but the Champs still looked composed with midfielder's Mark Stuttard, Tony Dikmans, and Lance Brown controlling the early exchanges...
Blair Ludlam got the scoreboard moving with a typical Luddas finish and then Tony Dikmans doubled the advantage with a stinging drive from just outside the 18... Skipper Micky Welten was then denied by the cross bar and Tony Dikmans curling effort from a free kick was strangely disallowed for offside?
The home side was finding Coach McIsaac hard to contain and it was his clever run that created the 3rd goal with Richie Hill putting the finishing touches to a fine passage of play.
It was all but over at the break and the Legends settled into the 2nd period content just to conserve the legs and slow the game down in the suffocating heat...
Defensive debutante Wayne Watson along with Bevan Mayo and Mark Jones were solid at the back, comfortably dealing with anything the home side could muster... There was no further scoring in the match and to the delight of the traveling supporters and 22 heat stroke victims the referee ended the match.
Final Score Hamilton North 0 Cambridge Legends 3
Chris Ryan Plumbing POD went to Lance Brown, with Tony Dikmans and Wayne Watson also having strong games.
First up away win with periods of sublime football in difficult conditions. No goals conceded and injury free is a great start for the champs.