There was plenty of excitement in the warm sunshine for
the spectators at Awakeri for Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers BOP
division one clash with Papamoa on Saturday.
Rangers started off playing some well constructed football, but after
ten minutes, the visitors created an opening and scored after a good passing
move. The remainder of the first half was evenly fought, with both teams
playing some good football. Rangers captain Ben McPherson and left winger
Jaiden Ibbetson both went close but at half time Rangers were still a
Rangers' determination came through after the break. James Krause took
on the Papamoa defence with a great run, holding off defenders and drawing
the keeper before squaring the ball to his captain. McPherson put the
ball in the net, pleasing the home supporters. Jordan Ogilvy put a lovely
ball through for McPherson, but that shot went over the top. Aaron Wood,
playing his first game for Rangers, sent a volley crashing into the side
netting. It wasn't all one way traffic though, with Papamoa putting pressure
on the Rangers defence and causing some anxious moments. Late in the game
Rangers thought they had a winner. A well weighted 20 metre free kick
from McPherson sailed over the keeper, to the joy of the crowd. However
the linesman's flag was up for an infringement. With time almost up another
Ibbetson shot was saved, but in the final moments McPherson pressured
the visiting defence, robbed the keeper with a solid tackle and scored.
The final score: Plains Rangers 2, Papamoa 1.
Ben McPherson was deservedly named player of the day for Rangers. Kirk
Bain and James Krause were others to shine.
Rangers' men's next game is away to Ngongotaha this Saturday.
On Sunday, Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers women were up against a
formidable Old Blues line-up. Rangers started well, holding their shape
and made their visitors work hard. Ten minutes in, Old Blues had the lead
and despite some heroic saves from Stacey Flintoff in goal, the lead increased
through the half. Rangers started the second half well, with several attacks,
the Old Blues keeper did very well to parry away a Mishka Barry shot.
However, despite the defensive work of Kayla Benner and player of the
day Kelly Wilson, Old Blues won the game comfortably. Also impressing
for Rangers were Kate Collier, who put her body on the line, and young
winger Gillian Green, who gave as good as she got.
This weekend, Rangers women have a bye, which will be welcome for quite
a few player who are carrying injuries.