Plains Rangers FC

13 & 14 May 2023
Rangers men 0, Otumoetai Special Reserve 1
Tauranga City 2, Rangers women 0

Plains Rangers were involved in a couple of close losses at the weekend. On Saturday Rangers men were at home, hoping to break a run of four losses. Team members had worked hard getting the pitch into a playable condition and wanted to start strongly in their home game against Otumoetai Special Reserve. However, it was the visitors who started off playing the more fluid football. In the third minute player-coach Christian Wetting had to make a fine double save to keep his goal safe. But just two minutes later, Otumoetai got a lucky break. A strongly hit shot took a wicked deflection off a defender, to open the scoring. Rangers have quite a few new combinations this season, and the connections are gradually coming together. Later in the half Rangers began to create some decent chances. Half an hour in, Rangers had the ball in the net, but offside play ruled it out. Five minutes later, captain James Hart hit the side netting with a good shot and late in the piece, Elijah Wetting had a good shot well saved. Rangers trailed 0 – 1 at the break.
The second half was a hard fought even battle, played in good spirit by both teams. Not many clear-cut chances were created however. The youngest Wetting, Kobi, went closest with a shot going wide after he was put through the defence. A few jittery moments in the Rangers defence meant the visitors were also hopeful of capitalising. In the final minute, Christian Wetting had to tip over a long strike that was dipping in. Otumoetai took out the game 1 – 0.
Rangers will be disappointed to not have played to their best, but there were several good individual showings. Elijah Wetting was named player of the day for his strong work on the flank and Ollie Fort made an impression with some fearless play in his starting debut. Rangers do not have much time to dwell on it, with the postponed Miller Cup game against Whakatane Town being played on Tuesday evening. Kick off at Rex Morpeth Park is at 6.30pm.
Plains Rangers women put in a good showing, while they celebrated Mothers' Day on Sunday. Rangers were away to Tauranga City. Hard work had Rangers containing the home team at 0 – 0 at half time. Rangers put together some good passing moves up the field and coped well in defence. Shannon Frost made some fine saves in goal and also saved a penalty. In the second half Tauranga City did finally get the ball in the net for a 2 – 0 win. Rose Sinkinson was named player of the day for a very hard-working debut. This Sunday Rangers women are home to Otumoetai, who they are equal with on the points table, so it should be a good contest. Kick off at Edgecumbe is at 12.30pm.

Ranee's report:
Us vs Tauranga City. 0-2
Well that was a great game ladies. 2 nil to Tauranga City but they were both lucky goals and we made them work hard for them. Hard and fast at times but we all pushed through and made some great passes up the field. The score was nil all at half time so you should be proud of that effort and team work. Shannon had a great game again in goal and made amazing saves. The penalty save was so good and sorry it broke you for your holiday on Tuesday! Have a good rest in Rarotonga, you deserve it Shannon. See you when you get back. Player of the day goes to Rose on her debut in the team, congratulations Rose. You worked hard and deserved the recognition for it.
Happy mothers day to all you mothers, step mums and future mums and your mums. Enjoy the rest of your day and see you all at training in Wednesday.
Rangers all day!!!.

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