Plains Rangers Edgecumbe shocked home team Tauranga City United by grabbing
the spoils despite being on the rack in the first half.
TCU opened the game very strongly. They put together many well constructed
attacks, aided by the breeze, but could not capitalise. Rangers
defence and keeper
Matt Aberhart worked overtime to thwart them. Left half Brendan Cusack
himself being a fifth defender as his opposite overlapped regularly down
Late in the half Richie Nillesen set the home team back on their heels
when he ran onto a
through ball, outstripped the defence and calmly slotted the ball past
keeper. Rangers took the 1 - 0 lead into half time, but knew the onslaught
resume after the break.
It did, but as Tauranga City pushed forward, their moves were increasingly
out by the defence and midfield. Rangers counterattacked with increasing
and started finding some big holes in the home team. After fifteen minutes,
struck Nillesen corner beat the keeper and Cusack made sure of the goal
by burying it
into the net from close range. From there on, Tauranga could sense it
was not going to
be their day. Even with a couple of ex-national league strikers on the
field they got no
change out of the Rangers defence, with player of the day David Dennis
Delacy in top form. Delacy then rubbed a big dose of salt into the wound,
judges long free kick was superbly back headed past the Tauranga keeper
Muggeridge to make the final score Tauranga City United 0, Plains Rangers
This was a total team effort by Rangers, making up for their showing last
centre midfield duo of Bas Overdevest and Dean Butterworth epitomised
attitude with a non-stop display of graft that eventually saw them gain
control of their
area of the park.
This Saturday Rangers are involved in the annual Best Insulation tournament
Rotorua, as the league takes a break.