Plains Rangers will be kicking themselves for not holding out against
the odds, in
their game against Otumoetai in BOP Div One on Saturday.
Rangers, despite playing into a steady breeze through the first half,
went a goal up
after ten minutes. Striker Brendan Cusack capitalised on hesitancy in
the home teams
defence to race through and blast the ball into the goal. Otumoetai came
the breeze to pin Rangers back on defence. Although the home team created
number of goal attempts, wayward finishing, a couple of excellent stops
Matt Aberhart and determined defence kept them comfortably at bay.
Rangers unfortunately lost three players at half time, to injury and other
All Rangers substitutes were pressed into play. Soon after the break,
continued to press, had a large slice of luck, with a Rangers defender
heading the ball
into his own net. A steely effort from the Rangers players, with the mdfield
Woods, Bas Overdevest and player of the day Mark Jeynes leading the way,
got their team through to a deserved draw. However in the final minute,
caught with not enough defenders back, and Otumoetai gleefully grabbed
Otumoetai 2, Plains Rangers 1.
This Saturday, Rangers are at home to Kawerau. Kick-off at the Edgecumbe
is at 2 p.m..