Plains Rangers AFC
30 September 2017
Plains Rangers men 1, Rotorua United 4
The final game of the season for SLH Contracting Plains Rangers drew a good crowd to watch Rangers take on Rotorua United. Rangers had plenty of subs available and put out a rather rearranged line-up.
Rangers had a great early chance when striker Petir Gray blocked an attempted clearance by the Rotorua goalkeeper and couldn't quite roll the ball home from a tight angle. The game was fairly evenly fought for the next twenty minutes when the visitors were awarded a penalty after a handball. They duly scored and then added to the wound a few minutes later when a shot sneaked under keeper Levi Riri's dive. The home team came close to scoring on the half hour when Peter Kirkbride hit the bar from a Jordan Ogilvy cross. Rotorua led 2 – 0 at half time.
Rangers had a good spell after the interval. Winger Sam Christiesen put in a cross, and a Rotorua defender headed onto his own bar under pressure from Christian Wetting. Rotorua scored a bit against the run of play after twenty minutes and Rangers finally put a chance away a minute later, through the hard working Ogilvy. Rotorua found some large gaps in the home team defence late in the game, scoring again and being denied by referee Dave Taylor's whistle in the final second. The final score was Plains Rangers 1, Rotorua United 4.
While James Hart was probably the most impressive player on the pitch for Rangers, Chris Butler and Barrie Hawkes were named players of the day for their work off the pitch.