Rangers AFC, unbeaten in the Nelson division one competition this season, continued their proud record in top of the south competition when they scored a 3-1 win in the first round of the Price Charity First Division Cup knockout competition on Saturday.
They met Nelson Suburbs FC Development, who they downed 2-1 in the league the previous weekend, goals to Pablo Dominguez, Sam Pearson and Carl Connor-McClean getting the job done for the Blenheim-based outfit at Saxton Fields.
Suburbs led 1-0 early on before Dominguez levelled the scores at halftime.
After 65 minutes Pearson nodded in a powerful header to give Rangers the lead but the home side had the next chance to score, earning a penalty around the 75 minute mark. However, they hit the woodwork and then, to rub salt into the wound, Connor-McClean earned a penalty for the visitors, which he converted himself to allow them a two-goal advantage which they held until the end.
Rangers’ players of the day were Jordy Columbus, Scott Belsham, Julian Delgado and Jono Masters.
The high-flying BV Blenheim Bullets women’s side also showed their scoring pedigree. Competing in the Nelson First Division Cup they slammed 16 unanswered goals past Nelson College for Girls First XI at A and P Park.
The home side peppered the students’ goal, with seven shots finding the target in the first half. Hat-tricks were registered by Lauren Sloan and Tiana Williams, with Freya Thompson rounding out the scoring.
The second half was equally goal-rich for the BV side with a further five goals to Williams, one unfortunate own goal for Nelson, another to Sloan, and one apiece to Kirsten Pease and Riley Preece.
Coach Ian Thomas said the local side’s, “passing game was superb, the finishes were right on the mark, and obviously we’re very pleased with the scoreline”.
Player of the day was Williams whose hunger for the game and goal scoring were top notch. The team also farewelled Pease whose work will take her away for the rest of the season.
In local Mayfield Motorworld action, division one sides BV Masters and Central Wolves were engaged in a tight tussle at Athletic Park, Wolves coming away with a 3-2 win after scores were tied 2-2 soon after halftime. Scott Wilkinson scored all three of Wolves’ goals, while Seamus Knox scored a brace for Masters.
In the other division one match, Central Buccaneers downed BV Cobras 3-2. Thom Hall 2, and Nate Lovell scored for Central, Mark Jackson and Nick Kerry finding the target for Cobras. The scores were level, 2-2, at the break before a superb free kick from Scott Hannan and a well-placed header from Hall broke the deadlock.
In division two games at A and P Park, Trojans Dribbles beat Redwood Masters 4-0 while Rangers Development downed Rangers Clubs of Marlborough 3-0.
Division three action featured a 4-1 win by Rangers Masters over Call Care Spartans and a 2-1 win by Central Privateers against Picton, both games at A and P Park.