Plains Rangers AFC

May 19th Tauranga City Utd 3, Plains Rangers men 1
May 20th Plains Rangers women 0, Taupo 7

A patchy performance on the road best describes Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers efforts at Tauranga City United on Saturday.
The home team settled first after a scrappy opening ten minutes. Tauranga won a corner and profited, their striker putting a strong header into the Rangers goal. Neither team played great football for a while, but Rangers finally got some cohesion after half an hour. Captain Ben McPherson ran the ball to the line and pulled it across goal, but Jaiden Ibbetson couldn't keep his shot down. A nice ball put Rangers striker James Krause through and he caused mayhem in the home defence, resulting in them scoring in their own net. Next Dean Butterworth did well down the left, but Krause couldn't convert from the cross, but Rangers were looking good. However on the stroke of half time, Tauranga scored, when the ball was not cleared after a corner.
Rangers were more consistent in the second half; their closest chance was Ibbetson putting a shot just wide. However, as they pushed for the equaliser, the home team wrapped it up with ten minutes to play, with a sweeping move being well finished off. The final score was Tauranga City United 3, Plains Rangers 1.
Butterworth was deservedly named player of the day for his whole hearted performance in the midfield. This Saturday Rangers have the long trip to play Taupo and will want to play more consistent football.


On Sunday there was some good women's football at Awakeri. Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers hosted Taupo. Taupo scored a couple of break away goals in the first half, but had to work hard because Rangers had a good even share of possession and forced several corners. Taupo exerted more control in the second half to end up winning 7 - 0. Rangers will be pleased with the way the team held its shape and the determined approach from all its players. Kate Collier was player of the day; others to shine included defender Julie Reihana and winger Gillian Green. Raven Hunia and Mary Collier impressed as well, improving with every game.
This Sunday, Rangers' women are home to Whakatane Town. Kick off at 12.30pm.