Plains Rangers AFC
May 24th 2003 v Kawerau
|Plains Rangers were determined to bounce back
from last weeks defeat when they
hosted Kawerau in BOP division two on Saturday.
From the outset, Rangers had the lions share of possession. A snap shot on the turn
by Jason Shaw almost got the home team off to a flying start, as it shaved the outside
of the goal post. Nevertheless less it took Rangers almost the whole first half before
they found the back of the net. Some sweet first touch passing took the ball to striker
Brendan Cusack and his nudge through put Dan Logan in front of goal. Logan
squeezed the ball past the keeper in a tight finish.
In the second half, Rangers upped the pace and kept the visitors on the back foot for
the most part. Hori Elliot gave Rangers a lot of width down the left. After fifteen
minutes, fellow central midfielder Jason Pullar put the rampaging Logan through, and
he scored with a full struck shot. Elliot then went close to extending the lead when he
beat both keeper and a defender to the bouncing ball and headed it narrowly wide.
Next, good interplay between Elliot and left back Barrie Hawkes got Hawkes down
the line, inside the box and pulling the ball back for Logan to nail down a hat-trick.
The final say also went to that man Dan Logan, when he caught the Kawerau keeper
slightly off his line with a well struck chip from 25 metres. The final score was Plains
Rangers 4, Kawerau 0.
This was a good team effort by Rangers, with some good movement and support play.
Solid defence from Hawkes, David Dennis, Mark Thompson and Steve Vierboom laid
a good platform for the win. Rangers will need to keep the wins coming with only two
weeks to go before the two second divisions are split. Next week Rangers are away to
Ngongotaha in what should be a tight battle.