Every second counts...

Do you want the good news or the bad news? The bad news is New Plymouth Rangers’ Federation League campaign ended with a 3-1 home loss to a spirited Massey at Merrilands today. The good news is that because, in this remarkably inconsistent league, reports came through immediately after the game that Gisborne Thistle had walloped Wanganui Athletic 5-1, Rangers celebrated finishing its inaugural season in second place. And bearing in mind the struggles the club has had in fielding an extra team this season, with resources stretched, that’s no mean feat. Remember that Team Taranaki, which employs a full complement of Rangers payers most weekends, took several years to get out of this league

Prizegiving favours the old boys

The 2017 season wrapped up with prizegiving for the Senior teams. The Fed boys dominated the club awards however it was the number of masters players (over 35 years old) that scooped up awards that was surprising. See the full list attached

Sam De St Croix picks up Golden Boot

Sam De St Croix was presented with the 2017 Federation League Golden Boot medal yesterday for his quite remarkable record this season. Sam scored 21 goals in 15 games from the midfield and has been picked up by Hamilton Wanderers for the upcoming National League season. Seen here with Central Footballs Donald Piper

Prems into the Duff Rosebowl Final

Pepper Construction Rangers have qualified for the final of the Duff Rosebowl courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 win over cross-town rivals Western at Lynmouth Park today. Sam de St Croix, who scores when he wants to, was on target yet again early in the match but Rangers were ultimately happy to hear the final whistle after repelling a spirited Western second half. Unofficial reports after the match had Moturoa finishing with 10 men but beating Woodleigh 6-0 in the other semi to set up a real derby final - which will be staged in... Eltham. The match at Lynmouth was a feisty but honest affair. Credit should go to FC Western defender Kasey Beckett who told the referee late in the game his dec

Moturoa win the Duchess Cup

Moturoa lifted the Duchess Cup at Merrilands wth a 1-0 win over a talented Waitara today. The goal came midway through the second half, a well struck shot from striker Katherine Phipps which crashed into the net. Moturoa were good value for their win, they defended strongly, presented Waitara with few chances and were a constant threat on the break. But Waitara were left wondering what might have been. Aside from two clear chances missed in the second half, the side dominated for long periods with possession football. The team in black was often guilty of taking a safe option rather than trying a through ball. The quality of the football on show was well appreciated by a vocal crowd on a

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