Plains Rangers FC

15 & 16 June 2024
Rangers men 2, Papamoa United 3
Rangers women 0, Te Puke United 6

Plains Rangers men were at home to high flying Papamoa United on Saturday and a well fought game ensued, with plenty of good football played by both teams. Rangers got their passing game going early and had the better of the possession through the first half. Midway through the half they came close. Sione Lotu had the ball in the Papamoa net, but the goal was ruled out for a foul in the lead up play. The visitors used fouls several times to slow down livewire Rangers striker Elias Thomas, and after 27 minutes he was brought down in the box, earning a penalty. Thomas calmly converted the free kick to put Rangers ahead. Unfortunately for the home team, late in the half Papamoa robbed the defence of the ball and the resulting shot took a big deflection off a defender to get past in-form keeper Christian Wetting into the net. At half time the score was 1 – 1.
Rangers went close to reopening their lead after the break. A home team corner ended with a defender's header bouncing off their own crossbar soon after the restart. After fifteen minutes a goalbound freekick from Jordan Hoete was well saved by the Papamoa keeper, tipping it round the post. The midfield contest was becoming a willing one. Wetting made a great close-range save five minutes later, keeping out a volley with a strong arm. One minute later Rangers were unlucky to concede a penalty. A defender's clearance bounced up into his arm. The whistle blew and Papamoa took their chance well. Rangers bounced back and a Thomas shot looked like it was going in, but bounced back off the post. Papamoa won a corner and then pounced on hesitation in the Rangers defence to sidefoot the ball into the goal. Rangers kept pushing and with ten minutes to go, a lovely move between Ben McPherson and Thomas ended with McPherson beating the visiting keeper. Papamoa were stung by this and a minute later they hit the Rangers woodwork. In the final minutes Wetting made a brilliant one-on-one save and then dribbled the ball almost to halfway to try and launch an equalising attack, but Papamoa survived to grab a 3 – 2 win.
Papamoa would have been pleased to secure the points, while Rangers will be disappointed with the outcome. Jordan Hoete was Rangers' player of the day, showing good movement and positive play in the midfield. Keeper Wetting, Thomas and centre defender Teimana Awhimate were also in top form for the home team.
This Saturday Rangers men are away to Ngongotaha Lakes, with an early kick-off.
On Sunday Plains Rangers women welcomed league leaders Te Puke to the Edgecumbe Domain. Rangers knew it would be a tough game, but they were determined to give a good showing. Rangers played a good passing game, which surprised their visitors, who were more direct with their kicks. Up front Gemma Stuckey worked hard for Rangers and came close with several shots at goal.
Rangers couldn't quite keep the momentum of their play going in the second half and Te Puke took advantage, to win the game 6 – 0 in the end.
Rangers would be pleased with the way they battled and gave Te Puke a decent run for their money, with the final score not really reflecting the contest. Player of the day was Shannon Searle, who got stuck into everything that came her way. Alex Puutu Dredge also impressed with a busy performance in the hard-working midfield.
This Sunday Rangers women are at home to neighbours Whakatane Town. Kick-off at the Edgecumbe Domain is at 12.30pm.

Ranee's report:
Us VS Te Puke United, 0-6
The ladies were in great spirits for today's game, they knew it was going to be a tough game and it was a very interesting game.
We played a nice passing game while Te Puke played a kicking game. We dominated the first half of the game and had some great chances at the goal. Our passing game was looking great out there, and Te Puke didn't quite know what to do. Was great to watch. Come the second half it was a bit of a different game, passing was still good, just lost a bit of momentum and shape.
Had a few girls with balls to the face, hope your faces aren't too sore! Nice work by all today, it was a battle out there.
Good work up front Gemma, some great chances at goal.
Alex nice game in the centre mids, who had a very busy game.
Player of the day goes to Shannon. You showed who was boss and got stuck into everything that came your way. Nice work today.
See you all at training Wednesday night.

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