New Plymouth Rangers started their Duff Rosebowl knockout campaign with a dominant 4-1 win over FC Western at New Plymouth's Lynmouth Park on Saturday.
Rangers started the game strongly, controlling most of the possession and putting FC Western under pressure.
FC Western's goal-keeper Dean Cumberledge soaked up the pressure and made three excellent saves.
Rangers continued their dominance, with Western managing to create one scoring opportunity which Ranger's keeper saved.
Rangers breakthrough came in the 30th min with a goal by Charlie Treck who was on target again once again from a goal- mouth scramble in the 43rd minute for what was his first double for the season for last year's 'golden boot. Rangers went to the break 2-0 up.
FC Western finally turned their possession into a goal in the 50th minutes when a flick pass from Richard Dodera to Matt Sanger for him to run onto was finished to make it 2-1.
FC Western enjoyed a good spell for the next 15-20 mins and tested the Rangers defence when pushing for the equaliser, only for Rangers to launch a counter-attack from which Jimmy Grieves scored from a Jeremy Hill pass. Western then pushed players up from and conceded the fourth from Brad Hickling in the 90th minute.
- Taranaki Daily News
Will Aaron Cruden's omission hurt or help the All Blacks?Related story: Senior All Blacks 'pretty disappointed' in Cruden