Rangers in dom­i­nant dis­play at Mer­ri­lands

Taranaki Daily News - - Community Sport - NEW PLY­MOUTH RANGERS AFC

There was rea­son to cel­e­brate in the clu­b­rooms of New Ply­mouth Rangers Foot­ball Club at the com­ple­tion of round two af­ter a dom­i­nat­ing dis­play.

In the Cen­tral Foot­ball fea­ture match, Rangers came out on top in a hard-fought bat­tle against Wan­ganui Ath­letic at Mer­ri­lands Do­main.

This fix­ture has quickly be­came a fierce ri­valry for Rangers in the Lotto Fed­er­a­tion League and this game was no dif­fer­ent.

Rangers came out strong in the first half but couldn’t con­vert their chances and had to go in level at the break.

Goal­keep­ers Matt Calvert (Wan­ganui Ath­letic) and James Bur­roughs (Rangers) were out­stand­ing and made sev­eral key saves to add to the frus­tra­tions of both teams.

The teams were very even and it was go­ing to take a spe­cial mo­ment to de­cide the game and take the points.

And spe­cial it was when the goal fi­nally came for Rangers mid­way through the sec­ond half.

Taku War­ren, mak­ing his de­but for Rangers, pounced on a head­edthrough ball from Ethan Bird to vol­ley over Calvert from al­most twenty me­tres.

The first time strike rose and then dipped un­der the bar to the de­light of the home crowd.

Ath­letic pushed hard for an equaliser in the last twenty min­utes but couldn’t find the net and the game fin­ished at 1-0 to Rangers.

Af­ter two rounds, Rangers now sit on top of the ta­ble equal with North End AFC and will look to ce­ment that plac­ing away next week­end to bot­tom-placed Wan­ganui City.

Wan­ganui City are newly pro­moted to the Fed­er­a­tion League and have had a tough start los­ing both their games.

City haven’t had trou­ble scor­ing goals, net­ting five so far but they have con­ceded nine and will need to stem the tide.

Rangers have kept two clean sheets so this match is shap­ing up to be an­other tight af­fair.

At a glance

April 21, Wan­ganui City v New Ply­mouth Rangers, Wem­b­ley Park, Wan­ganui, 2.45pm

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