Plains Rangers AFC
1 July 2017
Plains Rangers men 0, Kawerau 3
The visit of league leaders Kawerau Sports on Saturday was a big challenge for SLH Contracting Plains Rangers in BOP division one. Damp conditions made things interesting for both teams. The game started out very evenly poised, with plenty of good attacks and build up play despite the slippery pitch. Down the right, Rangers player of the day Carl Imlig linked up well with Samuel Christieson and Ben McPherson, who made a very welcome return to the team. Kawerau's strong work through the centre kept the Rangers defence on their toes and keeper Christian Wetting busy and doing a fine job. Late in the half Kawerau were starting to gain some control of the possession and, after thirty five minutes, they opened the scoring. Rangers were by no means out of it, but soon afterwards came a moment of controversy. Keeper Wetting was judged to have carried the ball outside the box and referee Neil McCready awarded a free kick. The ball was quickly squared across goal for a tap in, catching the Rangers defence napping. It gave the visitors a 2 – 0 lead going into the break and didn't really indicate the battle the game had been.