Plains Rangers FC

26 June 2024
Rangers women 0, Whakatane Town 4

Plains Rangers women had excellent conditions for their game under lights against Whakatane on Wednesday.
Rangers started out strongly, having an even share of possession and territory. Whakatane used the through ball as their main attacking strategy, but the speed of Rangers centre back Danielle Giordano was up to the challenge and keeper Katie Mahy mopped up the rest. The Rangers defence coped well and it wasn't until 36 minutes had past when Whakatane scored the opening goal. Mahy had made a good save, but the opposing striker forced home the rebound. Five minutes later Rangers were unlucky to go further behind when an own goal was conceded from a Whakatane corner kick. At half time the score was 2 – 0.
Ten minutes into the second half Abby Brogden found a rare bit of space in the Rangers penalty area to add to the Whakatane goal tally. Sarah Sheaff prevented another goal, winning the ball and clearing to safety after another Whakatane attack headed in towards goal. Inspired by the positional shift of Rose Sinkinson into the midfield, Rangers then mounted a good period of attacking pressure. Midway through the half, a Rangers shot deflected off a defender and went agonisingly close to going into the goal. Then Alex Puutu Dredge put a shot wide from in front of goal. Lauren Powell also went close on the end of a good run. However, Whakatane somehow weathered the storm and came back to score a final goal, making the score Plains Rangers 0, Whakatane Town 4.
Rangers will be proud of their defensive effort and with a little luck, should have scored a couple of goals themselves. Dee Haldane's fine showing in the central midfield saw her named player of the day. Others to shine were Giordano, Mahy and Megan Wait.
This Sunday Rangers women are away to Waiariki, and will want to try and improve on their 1 – 1 draw the last time they met.

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