An excellent first half performance set up Gary Fowell
Builders Plains Rangers for a good away win at Ngongotaha on Saturday.
The young home team started well, and it took Rangers a few minutes to
get their game going. However, the Rangers defence was in no mood for
conceding goals, with Ben Fretwell and Jordan Ogilvy in particular snuffing
out attacks well. Rangers' best early chance was when Kirk Bain overlapped
down the right wing, got into the penalty area and fired a good shot,
but the Ngongotaha keeper saved well. It was his first save of quite a
few as the game went on. Rangers played a lot of good build up football.
After twenty five minutes a ball from Aaron Wood found Jaiden Ibbetson
in the area. He turned well and fired home a good shot. Five minutes before
half time, John Stephen fed the ball to Ibbetson on the break, he squared
it across to Ben McPherson, who scored. At half time, the visitors led
2 - 0.
After the interval, Ngongotaha gained a better share of territory, although
Rangers looked the more dangerous on the ball. The home keeper was called
on several times to make good stops, but after twenty minutes, Rangers
increased their lead. McPherson fed the ball to substitute Richie Nillesen,
who hit a good first time shot past the advancing keeper. Rangers sat
back as the game went on, and the home team got their hopes up, even hitting
the woodwork twice late in the game. However, the Rangers defence held
out, with the final score Ngongotaha 0, Plains Rangers 3.
Jaiden Ibbetson was named Rangers player of the day after an outstanding
ninety minute performance on the left wing.
This Saturday, Rangers will be at home to Tauranga City Relics, in a top
of the table clash. Relics are a strong, experienced team who play good
football and Rangers will need to be on their game. Kick off at Awakeri
will be at 2.30pm.
Plains Rangers women had a bye this weekend, but on Sunday they are away
to Te Puke.