Plains Rangers AFC
30 April, 1st May 2016
Opotiki 3, Plains Rangers men 2
Kawerau Sports 1, Plains Rangers women 1
Plains Rangers women's team's performance on Sunday made up for their men's team's disappointment the day before, in this weekend's local derby action.
SLH Contracting Plains Rangers men were at Opotiki for their BOP division two game. The strong breeze meant both teams took a while to adjust to conditions. Late in the half Rangers began to play with authority. Petir Gray and Jordan Ogilvy both had shots well saved by the Opotiki keeper. In the final minute, a Hamish Wilde free kick was headed against the post by Christian Wetting and Ogilvy put away the rebound.
After the break Rangers continued to control the game, and after ten minutes Sione Lotu doubled the lead after charging onto a through ball and blasting it into the net. Rangers looked comfortable in their lead. However after 25 minutes, a wind assisted strike from the Opotiki left wing sailed into the Rangers goal to give the home team hope. Ten minutes later a through ball was converted by Opotiki to even the scores up. There was a flurry of action in the final minutes with both teams searching for the winner. Although Ogilvy and Wilde both went close for Rangers, Opotiki headed a bouncing ball over the advancing Rangers keeper to grab a late winner. The final score Opotiki 3, Plains Rangers 2.
Defender Peter Kirkbride was Rangers player of the day. This Saturday Rangers will have to be at their best to cope with the visit of the strong Taupo team. Kick off at Awakeri is at 2pm.
On Sunday Plains Rangers women had the short trip to play Kawerau Sports. Rangers played some excellent football in the first half. They defended well and there was some great movement on and off the ball that created good space to play into. In the second half Kawerau scored a good goal from a corner. Rangers came roaring back. With seven minutes to go a great pass from Jenny McIntyre found the speedy Janie Paling who put it into the bottom right corner of the goal. The final score was Kawerau Sports 1, Plains Rangers 1.
Rangers coach Michel Nillesen would have been well pleased with the way his team put their work from trainings into action on the pitch, with the team formation suiting his players well. Janie Paling was named player of the day, with Macca Mathis also in top form. This Sunday Rangers women are at home to neighbours Whakatane Town. Kick-off at Awakeri is at 12.30pm.