Plains Rangers FC
26 & 27 April 2014
Te Puke 4, Plains Rangers men 3
Kawerau Town 7, Rangers women 0
Plains Rangers were away from home at the weekend.
In the men's league, Plains Rangers got off to a good start at Te Puke on Saturday. After four minutes a Jaiden Ibbetson shot was blocked and midfielder Ali Scott followed up with a good shot to open the scoring. The home team evened things up five minutes later, intercepting a clearance from goal to score. Rangers got some good play going through the midfield and Ibbetson scored a good solo goal. While Rangers had more of the territory in this period, Te Puke were very fast on the break and Jacob Heath did a good job tracking them back. The lively Ibbetson then put the visitors further in front after good work down the right by captain Ben McPherson. At half time Rangers held the lead 3 – 1.
The second half brought the home team out firing. They had some skilful attackers, one Chilean was a particular handful, and their new found combinations started to click. Gradually Te Puke started clawing back the deficit and in the end ran out deserved 4 – 3 winners.
For Rangers Chris Butler was named player of the day after some useful challenges in defence. This Saturday Rangers will be at home to another team of mainly young imports over from South America for the kiwifruit season, in the form of AFC Fury.
On Sunday, Alignments Plus Ltd Plains Rangers women were at Kawerau for their game. It was a rather feisty encounter with neither side prepared to take a backward step. The home team eventually prevailed 7 – 0. Jenny McIntyre was player of the day for Rangers. This Sunday Rangers women host Tauranga City at Awakeri.