Plains Rangers AFC

May 17th 2003 v Rotorua Boys High School

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On Saturday, Plains Rangers travelled to meet unbeaten Rotorua Boys High School in
BOP division two.
The home team had the better of the first half exchanges, but Rangers keeper Matt
Aberhart dealt comfortably with those shots that were on target. RBHS were awarded
a first half penalty but this was struck onto the crossbar. The Rangers players’
concentration was probably not helped by the fact that the RBHS coach had to stand
in as referee, with no official being appointed.
After the interval, Rangers came back at the students and gained the upper hand for a
while. Their best chance came when Bas Overdevest intercepted a goal kick. His shot
and another follow up were blocked, and then Brendan Cusack had the hard luck to
see his goal bound strike bounce off the keeper’s head and away for a corner! The
telling blow came with ten minutes to go. A slight error in the Rangers defence and
RBHS had a striker through with only the keeper to beat. Aberhart pulled off an
excellent save, but the rebound was struck home. The final score RBHS 1 Plains
Rangers 0.
For Rangers, front runner Simon Ruiter’s hard working efforts saw him named player
of the day. This Saturday, Rangers are at home to Kawerau. Kick-off at the
Edgecumbe Domain is at 2 pm.