Ben Waine debuts at starting eleven, scored his first goal and wins player of the match prize for Plymouth Argyle

A night to remember! An amazing achievement today for the Kiwi rising star Ben Waine. As recently announced regarding his transfer to England football, the striker has scored his first goal for the Pilgrims in the quarter-final game against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium valid for the English Football League Trophy. He played his first game at starting eleven today however made his debut against Bolton Wanderers last Saturday joining on the 66th-minute and almost scoring a header cleared off the line.

Differently from the scoreless draw, today All Whites forward has opened his goalscoring account making fans and boss Steven Schumacher delighted with the performance. “It was a brilliant header, right in the top corner. Waine showed strength to get rid of the centre back that was marking him, and guide it onto the corner. Amazing goal! “, praised the boss.

Argyle’s players celebrate after Ben Waine (centre) opened the scoring in the Papa Johns Trophy quarter-final against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 – Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

The New Zealander also had two good other opportunities to score the net which he missed the target. The first was created by Scottish Ryan Hardie played the ball across to Waine but he stumbled as he shot and sent the ball well wide of the target. On the 67th-minute, another chance missed shooting on the turn blocked behind for a corner by Rovers defender Bobby Thomas. The fans are now nicknamed him as “Waine Train“.

“He’s going to be a good player, because we’ll spend time with him, put in the effort and keep working on his weaknesses.  What a fantastic start to his career at Argyle!”, said boss Schumacher.

Waine went off on the 89th-minute with a small injury with no big concerns. Argyle fans voted for Waine as player-of-the-match in the post-match with 63% of the votes. The final of the competition will be played at Wembley, and Argyle go into the semi-final draw with Accrington Stanley, Bolton Wanderers and Cheltenham Town.

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