Plains Rangers AFC
14 July Plains Rangers men 4, Rotorua
15 July Waikato Unicol 6, Plains Rangers women 0
The Awakeri Sports field was the setting for an action
packed Bay Sportsmed Bowl game on Saturday. Gary Fowell Builders Plains
Rangers were at home to Cafe Ephesus Rotorua United. Rangers started out
very strongly. After ten minutes Jaiden Ibbetson and Ben McPherson had
both hit the woodwork and a great strike from 25 metres by Jordan Ogilvy
had been brilliantly saved by the Rotorua keeper. However, Rotorua rode
their luck and hung on. After half an hour a rare Rotorua attack bore
fruit, the ball was bouncing in front of the Rangers goal and they scored
from a header. At the other end three minutes later, a well hit free kick
was headed into his own goal by a Rotorua defender. Soon afterwards Ben
Howe gave a nice chip back to Christian Wetting, playing on the field
for this game, and he buried it in the net. Rangers had their lead for
one minute with the visitors creating a nice goal. At half time the score
was 2 - 2.
The second half started with both teams having a reasonably even share
of territory. The quick attacks by Rangers always were a threat however
and after twenty minutes McPherson got the home team back in front. Five
minutes later Ibbetson's pace got him through and he was brought down
by the Rotorua keeper. The well performed keeper was red carded for his
challenge and Wetting stepped up to slot home the resulting penalty.
To their credit, Rotorua kept attacking whenever they could and with one
minute to go earned a penalty when a Rangers player handled the ball.
The final score was Plains Rangers 4, Rotorua United 3.
Rangers had deservedly won their way through to the next round and impressed
in their attacking play. Target man John Stephen was named player of the
day. Joel Ogilvy and Wetting were others to stand out.
This Saturday Rangers are at home to Ngongotaha in the league.
On Sunday Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers Women were at home to Waikato
Unicol in a Federation Plate game. Both teams had to contend with wind
and rain but played some good football. Rangers had a good first half,
but conceded twice. The second goal came after keeper Stacey Flintoff
had pulled off a brilliant save but the rebound was bundled into the goal
In the second half Unicol had more of the possession, and went on to win
6 - 0. However, Rangers had put together some good moves. Gillian Green
and Holly Davis were impressive in their tenacity up front. Player of
the day Mary Collier and right back Julie Reihana were outstanding in
This Sunday Rangers women are at home to Te Puke.