Plains Rangers AFC
9 & 10 April 2016
Plains Rangers men 2, Rotorua United 0
Plains Rangers women v Taupo
On Saturday SLH Contracting Plains Rangers were at home to Rotorua United in BOP division 2. Rotorua had beaten Rangers in a pre-season game, and would have been hopeful of a repeat. However, Rangers started strongly, with good midfield play a feature throughout the game. An early Jaiden Ibbetson being upended early with a shout for a penalty would have alarm bells for the visitors. James Krause also put in a good early strike, before Rangers opened the scoring through the calm finish of Sione Lotu after fifteen minutes. Rotorua had their share of attacks too and the defence led by captain Matt Dalgity had to be on their toes. Late in the half a strong shot from Hamish Wilde was parried by the well-performed Rotorua keeper, however Ibbetson raced in and buried the rebound in the net. Rangers went into the half time break 2 – 0 up.