Plains Rangers FC

18 & 19 May 2024
Te Puke 0, Rangers men 0
Papamoa Icons 1, Rangers women 0

Plains Rangers men found themselves back at Te Puke for the second time in two weeks, when the BOP football leagues started properly on Saturday after five weeks of grading games.
This meant there was a familiarity between the sides, that made the match a much tighter affair than in the previous game, where Rangers dominated. The game started well for the Rangers with several shots on goal in the opening part of the first half. The Te Puke goalkeeper did well to keep out some well-struck shots from Hamish Wilde, Jordan Hoete and Earle Tuhimata.
At half time, with the game scoreless, the Rangers talked about focusing on ball possession and continuing to put pressure on the opposition.
The second half became a tussle of end to end attacking from both teams. With no lead to defend, everyone was trying to score to secure the win. Rangers' players Sione Lotu, Elias Thomas and Ollie Fort produced some great attacking opportunities during this part of the game. Plains Rangers evergreen goalkeeper Christian Wetting also made some telling saves in the second half. He was well served by his back line defenders especially Sam McPherson and the towering Teimana Awhimate. The final score was 0 - 0 but all the spectators enjoyed the open and attacking style of football.
Rangers player of the day was Hamish Wilde for his tireless efforts in the mid-field. This Saturday the Rangers men's team are at home to the Rotorua based Waiariki side, with a 2.30pm kick-off at Edgecumbe Domain.
On Sunday, Plains Rangers women had nice sunny conditions for their fixture away to Papamoa Icons. The two teams were evenly matched. Rangers moved the ball around well with good passing, and tried to rise above the niggly play of their opposition. Goalkeeper Katie Mahy made some massive saves, but up front Rangers couldn't manage to turn their chances into goals. Papamoa scored the winner in the second half. Papamoa Icons 1, Plains Rangers 0.
Abby Wilkinson was player of the day for her hard-working effort in centre midfield and on the wing. Ella-Rose Bain also impressed with some dangerous crosses.
This Sunday, Rangers women are at home to Tauranga City. Kick-off at the Edgecumbe Domain is at 12.30pm

Ranee's report:
Us VS Papamoa Icons, 0-1

It was a nice sunny day in Papamoa today.
Both teams started out even on the field with play. We were doing lots of passing and moving the ball around the field.
There was a lot of unfair play played by the Papamoa team, however we keep our heads up and not drop to their level of play.
Some massive save made by Katie today.
We had some many close chances at the goal we were just missing that final touch on the ball to slot the ball in the back of the net, amazing crosses made today Ella.
Player of the days goes to Abby, you did lots of work in the centre mids and out on the wing.
Well done ladies on the game, yes, it is a pity the score didn't go our way today.
See you all at training Wednesday night.

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