Plains Rangers AFC
21 July Plains Rangers men 3, Ngongotaha
22 July Plains Rangers women 0, Te Puke 10
Saturday's BOP division one clash between Gary Fowell
Builders Plains Rangers and Ngongotaha stayed in top gear all the way
through. Rangers started out on their home turf at a fast pace. After
six minutes left winger Jacob Heath got to the line and pulled the ball
back for John Stephen to smash home a good goal. The pressure was definitely
on the visitors. Chances were created and squandered by the Rangers players.
Midway through the first half another Rangers attack led to a Ngongotaha
defender stopping a goal with his hand and he was sent off. Goalkeeper
Christian Wetting stepped up to take the resulting penalty. He slotted
it home and Rangers looked to have the game in the bag. However, Ngongotaha
are a young team and they have plenty of heart. Rangers had them under
pressure but, whenever they had the chance, they broke forward quickly.
At half time it was 2 - 0 to Rangers.
The game continued the pattern after the break, but after twenty minutes
the pressure told, with the visitors conceding an own goal. Soon after
that Rangers lost James Krause to an ankle injury. Krause had been dynamic
and his team will hope for a speedy recovery. Late in the game Jaiden
Ibbetson raced down the left and put in a great cross. Ben McPherson slid
in, his shot hitting the underside of the crossbar, but the referee couldn't
see whether the ball had bounced down over the line or not and the goal
was not awarded.
The game finished with a deserved 3 - 0 win to Plains Rangers. Ngongotaha
will have to pick themselves up because they have the same opponents this
Saturday, also at Awakeri in a Bay Sportsmed Bowl quarterfinal. Kickoff
will be at 2 pm.
Rangers' defender James Hart did his job well and was named player of
On Sunday Plains Rangers women were at home to Te Puke. Rangers had a
good first half, competing well, but the visitors were ahead 3 - 0 at
half time. Rangers continued to have chances early in the second half,
but Te Puke ran away with the game later on, winning 10 - 0. Rangers'
keeper Stacey Flintoff made quite a few very good saves and was player
of the day. Maria Puutu, Holly Davis and Gillian Green also impressed
with their determination.
This weekend Rangers women travel to play Taupo.