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.