Plains Rangers rescued their season with an excellent performance at
Ngongotaha in BOP Div 2 on Saturday.
Rangers started into a steady breeze, and with their hosts determined
play, were pinned back in their own half for reasonable periods. However,
a committed performance by Rangers in midfield and defence kept the chances
to a minimum. Meanwhile up front, Rangers launched some likely looking
counter attacks, with Jason Shaw and Dan Logan both going close, and a
Bas Overdevest header going over the top. The game was scoreless at half
After the break Rangers had the wind advantage and pressurised the home
team. Logan got through on the keeper, only to be denied by an excellent
close range save. This was rectified when, after twenty minutes, Logan
gathered the ball on the edge of the area. His strong shot took a slight
deflection off a defender and in it went. Rangers, having gone three weeks
without a goal, were noticeably lifted by this. The midfield battle was
now being won by Overdevest and Jason Pullar and some good width was provided
by Brendan Cusack and Shaw. Centre back David Dennis won a
good header which put Logan away and he drew the keeper to score in style.
The final score was Ngongotaha 0, Plains Rangers 2.
This was a total team effort, from the excellent play of sweeper Mark
Thompson at the back to the commitment of strikers Logan and Aaron Muggeridge.
Rangers player of the day went to Daniel Logan. The game
was played in excellent spirit, with the Ngongotaha referee doing a very
sound job. The home team were unlucky to lose left back Ian Guy to a back
injury in the first half.
This result should give Plains Rangers the impetus it needs for the rest
of the season. This Saturday, Rangers are at home to Tauranga City United
One. Kick-off at the Edgecumbe Domain is at 2 p.m..