Plains Rangers AFC
16 September 2017
Kawerau Sports 6, Plains Rangers men 0
After three weeks of no games, SLH Contracting Plains Rangers headed to meet Kawerau Sports in BOP division One. Kawerau are locked in a tight battle for the league championship with Katikati and this was their final game of the season. In a quirk of fate, Plains Rangers are due to play Katikati at Awakeri this coming Saturday in the final game for the visitors. The result for Kawerau was very important to try and maintain a buffer between themselves and Katikati with only goal difference separating them.
Rangers were certainly rusty in the first minutes of the game, with Kawerau's dynamic attack pouncing on errors and scoring twice and calling Ranger's keeper Christian Wetting into make the first of many fine saves. Rangers then settled into their work and the game was more even. A good period of passing through the midfield led to some Rangers shots on goal, with Petir Gray and Jordan Ogilvy both going close. Late in the half Kawerau got away on the break and scored a nice goal, to go into half time 3 – 0 up.
Rangers had their best spell after half time. Sam Christiesen put in a nice cross and Jordan Ogilvy's header was well saved. Tobi Berger hit the crossbar with a header. Midway through the half though, Kawerau were awarded a hotly debated penalty and that set the scene for two more quick goals to blow the score out to 6 – 0 in the end.
Rangers battled away well throughout the game, but had to bow to the all round strength of their hosts. Christian Wetting was named player of the day, thwarting the home team with a number of excellent saves. Others to shine were Levi Riri and Jamaal James in defence and Jordan Ogilvy on attack.
Kawerau will now hope that their margin in goal difference is enough to keep them ahead of Katikati, who would need to beat Plains Rangers by 15 goals to take the league title.
Kick off at Awakeri is at 2pm.