New Caledonia 1 – 10 New Zealand
Katie Rood 11' (New Zealand)
Hannah Wilkinson 12' 65' (New Zealand)
Rosie White 25' 39' (New Zealand)
Marie Heutro 28' (New Caledonia)
Kate Loye 38' 42' (New Zealand)
Katie Rood 54' (New Zealand)
Georgia Brown 68' 81' (New Zealand)
The Junior Football Ferns took a huge step on the path towards the FIFA U-20 World Cup Japan 2012 with a 10-1 win over New Caledonia on the second day of the OFC U-20 Women’s Championship at Centre Park in Auckland this afternoon.
The title chances of Samoa and Papua New Guinea have both been dashed though after the pair fought out a 1-1 draw.
New Zealand’s result very much puts them in the box seat for the title as their goal difference is now vastly superior to that of New Caledonia, the only side that can draw level with them on points in the final pair of games on Saturday.
Hannah Wilkinson, whose services were not required for the opening day win over Papua New Guinea, Captain Rosie White, Katie Rood, Kate Loye and substitute Georgia Brown played big roles in adding to that goal tally by all notching doubles as the Junior Ferns went on the rampage to put themselves within touching distance of Japan.
Aaron McFarland’s charges now have only one more side to face at the tournament and a draw in that fixture against Samoa would be enough to make sure of a fourth successive World Cup appearance.
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