Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers
June 27 v Ngongotaha Raukura
A whole hearted team effort paved the way for Gary Fowell
Builders Plains Rangers to turn around their result against Ngongotaha
Raukura in BOP division one on Saturday.
In the first round, Ngongotaha had given Rangers an 8 - 1 hiding, playing
excellent football. However, Rangers started out well on Saturday and
took the lead after ten minutes. Right fullback Paul Inglis played the
ball on for Chris Johnston, who delivered a cross to the far post, where
left midfielder Jordan Ogilvy met it with a powerful header. The game
was played in a good spirit and with plenty of ebb and flow for the spectators
to enjoy. Rangers' keeper Brendan Oats was called on to make a couple
of one-on-one saves, which he did well. Late in the half Ngongotaha evened
the scores up with a back heeled goal.
The second half continued in a similar vein, with chances at both ends.
Ogilvy missed from close range, and Luke Overworth had two good strikes
at goal. Rangers defence was staunch, and the game ended in a 1 - 1 draw.
Referee Paul Higgins did a sound job controlling the game, and Rangers
coach Aaron Muggeridge would be well pleased with his team's showing,
compared to the earlier result. Vince Russ was named player of the day
for his work in defence, but all the players performed very well.
This Saturday Rangers are away to Te Puke in the CNS Clinic Bowl competition.