Rangers claim Rosebowl berth
New Plymouth Rangers will play Hawera in the Duff Rosebowl knockout football final at Manukorihi Park in Waitara on Saturday.
Rangers claimed their finals' berth when they beat Peringa United in a fiery encounter 4-0 in one semifinal at Peringa Park last Saturday, while Hawera edged out Eltham 2-1 in the other played at Turuturu Park the same day.
It is the second successive season that Hawera has reached the final of the Duff Rosebowl. Last year, the South Taranaki team lost the final 3-1 to New Plymouth side FC Western after leading 1-0 at halftime.
In their semifinal, Rangers struck early with a cracking shot from man-of-the-match Matt Goodey after five minutes.
The ball was played to him in front of goal and he delivered a 25 yard screamer into the back of the net.
Peringa United created chances, but failed to capitalise and the score remained 1-0 at halftime.
Rangers came out in the second half and began to find their touch. Goodey scored his second soon after the restart, then grabbed his hat-trick in the 80th after Hayden Laird was felled in the box by the Peringa goalkeeper.
Rangers scored their fourth and final goal when Eddie Smith fired a shot past the sprawling Peringa goalie with two minutes left on the clock.
Taranaki Daily News