New Zealand Football

New Zealand win 2016 OFC U-17 Women’s Championship and qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

New Zealand became the latest team to qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup yesterday after beating Papua New Guinea 8-0 in the OFC U-17 Women’s Championship Final.

New Zealand join hosts Jordan as well as Japan and Korea DPR, who qualified for the U17 Women’s World Cup through the 2015 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship.

New Zealand led 2-0 at half-time in the OFC U-17 Women’s Championship Final against Papua New Guinea before increasing the goal tally to 8 in the second half.

New Zealand completed the tournament in the Cook Islands by winning every match without conceding a single goal.

Head coach Gareth Turnbull said on the OFC website: “It feels very good to know that we have wrapped this up and are heading to the World Cup, we had our goals we wanted to achieve in the final and we did that, against a pretty determined Papua New Guinea who came out very strong defensively but also threatened us in attack. We had to wait a while for our chances to open up, the first goal came after 20 minutes and was a bit of a stress reliever for us because we were getting pretty tense on the sideline. I am really proud of the way the girls handled themselves at this tournament and am now looking forward to the next stage of our journey.”

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