New Plymouth side FC Western scored their first win of the season when they defeated mid-table Francis Douglas Memorial College in round four of the Taranaki premier football league competition at the weekend.
Two early defensive blunders by FDMC gifted Western a 2-0 lead, one simple tap in to man of the match and striker Richard Dodera, a recent arrival from Uruguay, and an own goal.
Western grew in confidence with their lead and the score remained 2-0 at halftime.
The school team conceded another goal early in the second half with some individual flare from Dodera who curled the ball inside the far post from the edge of the penalty box.
FDMC then kicked into gear and dominated the last 30 minutes. However, they could only convert one of their numerous chances, a header by Patrick Hay.
New Plymouth Rangers are the only unbeaten team in the competition after they scored a convincing 3-0 win against last year's runner-up Peringa at Peringa Park.
It was the first time Rangers had beaten Peringa for more than a year, having been forced to settle for a draw in their two encounters last season.
Rangers were missing six of their starting lineup, calling on reserve grade players to fill their bench.
The first half was all one-way traffic, Peringa setting up defensively from the outset as Rangers dominated possession, going close to scoring a number of times.
The first goal came in the opening half from a great Vance Hoskin corner where Greg Clark met the header on the far post, directing it back across the goal, where Finn Peters bundled it over the line with his stomach.
Peringa came out strongly at the start of the the second half but Rangers never looked like conceding a goal, restricting the opposition to long-range efforts.
Eventually, all the chasing Peringa had done in the first half began to tell as Rangers got their second goal when the ball broke to James Grieve who played a ball through for Peters who smashed it into the far side of the goal from about 18 yards out.
The third goal came soon after from another Hoskin corner with Clark thumping a header into the top corner.
Clark, who was judged man of the match, was composed at the back, while Peters and Grieve were also strong.
Woodleigh remained equal third with a comfortable 4-1 win against New Plymouth Boys' High School at Sutherland Park.
Hawera and Moturoa fought out a 2-2 draw at Turuturu Park in Hawera.
The home side scored early in each half, forcing Moturoa to fight back to draw level in both halves of a see-sawing encounter.
Leading by example and making the most of his scoring opportunities for Moturoa was striker and captain Dillon Coutts who scored both his side's goals – one in each half.
Goalscorers for Hawera were left midfielder Jeff Nicholas and striker Shannon Bryant.
Hawera, second on the points ladder, face a tough draw on Saturday against Rangers.
In the other round four match, Eltham grabbed their second win of the competition beating Inglewood 2-1 at Karo Park.
- Taranaki Daily News
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