Plains Rangers could have done with an ounce of luck in their Tasman
Cup clash with
1st division neighbours Kawerau on Saturday.
The home team Kawerau started the game in stylish fashion, their first
raid ending in
a well finished goal to set Rangers back on their heels. Kawerau continued
to hold the
upper hand for the first twenty minutes, but all the while Rangers were
way into the game. Aaron Muggeridge was desperately unlucky not to equalise,
curling shot rebounding back from the Kawerau goalpost. Five minutes later,
sweeping Kawerau attack saw a long cross well headed into the Rangers
Hamiora Awhimate. Soon after, Bas Overdevest skilfully manoeuvred a high
the Kawerau keeper, but was pulled up for having his foot too high when
ball down to put it into the net. The game went to the break with the
ahead 2 - 0.
In the second half, the play was very even, but not a lot of scoring chances
created. Rangers again came within a whisker when Mark Thompson strike
off an upright. A tiring Kawerau team held out to win 2 - 0 and progress
to the next
The game was played in excellent spirit between both teams, a fact referee
no doubt appreciated. For Rangers, left back Barrie Hawkes was named player
This Saturday, Rangers travel to play Rotorua Suburbs in a league fixture,
need to bounce back to winning ways quickly.