A MISFIRING Warrnambool Rangers side conceded an extra time penalty to stumble in week one of Ballarat District Soccer Association (BDSA) finals.
The Rangers lost its major semi-final to minor premier Sebastopol 3-2 at Morshead Park under lights after the Vikings converted a penalty in the 118th minute.
Scores were locked 2-2 after 90 minutes, and the match was headed for penalties before Alex McCulloch conceded a foul in the penalty box.
Coach Luke Mackenlay said the Rangers dominated the match but wasted clutch opportunities — including two one-on-one battles with the goalkeeper.
The side will meet Ballarat in a preliminary final this weekend.
“You can’t have this many opportunities and not take them, not against these guys, and we know that,” Mackenlay said.
Defender-turned-striker Lee Hunter netted the Rangers’ two goals in a best afield display.
It was a mixed bag of results for the Rangers’ four teams as BDSA finals got underway at the weekend.
The senior women’s title defence ended with a 2-0 loss against Forrest in a minor semi-final on Saturday.
Club president John Berg said the match was played in terrible conditions.
The under 15s lost their major semi-final against Vic Park 3-1 yesterday.
But the side has a second chance in a preliminary final to Forrest this weekend.
It was better news for the under 17s, who had a thrilling 3-2 extra time win over Ballarat yesterday.