Plains Rangers AFC
2 July 2016
Plains Rangers men 2, Papamoa 1
A determined effort by Plains Rangers saw them hang on for a much needed win on Saturday.
SLH Contracting Plains Rangers were at home to Papamoa in BOP division two. There was a scrappy start to the game before both teams settled down to play good football on the muddy pitch. There were good passing moves by both teams. Rangers had James Hart and Christian Wetting back in the centre midfield and they combined well with wide players Jordan Ogilvy and Petir Gray. Midway through the half an under-hit back pass from a Papamoa defender was pounced on by Rangers striker Andy Willis, who drew the keeper and scored. The experienced visiting team were stung by this and tried hard to gain an equaliser, but Rangers kept them out till the half time whistle.
Three minutes after the interval Rangers again capitalised on some hesitancy in the Papamoa defence. Speedy left winger Jordan Ogilvy put the defenders under pressure and then robbed the ball off them to extend Rangers lead. Papamoa launched raid after raid to try and get a goal back, but time and again they were thwarted by the tenacious defence, well led by Aaron Muggeridge, or keeper Matt Eveleens, or by poor shooting. With ten minutes to go Papamoa did finally break through and convert one of their chances. They came very close several times in the final minutes and Rangers had a couple of break outs through Jamaal James too, to keep the crowd entertained. The final score was Plains Rangers 2, Papamoa 1.
Aaron Muggeridge was named player of the day, with his fellow defenders also impressing. It was a committed whole team effort that saw Rangers home. They will need the same attitude this coming Saturday when they travel to play Papamoa's division one team in the quarter-final of the Bay Sportsmed Bowl.
Unfortunately on Sunday Plains Rangers women had a lot of players unavailable and had to default to neighbours Whakatane Town. This Sunday they are at home to Ngongotaha, kick off at Awakeri is at 12.30pm.