New Zealand have qualified for this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World in style notching an 9-0 win over Papua New Guinea in Auckland to rubber-stamp their ticket to Azerbaijan.
Needing just to avoid defeat against second placed Papua New Guinea to win the OFC U-17 Women’s Championship, the Young Football Ferns shook aside complacency to notch a thoroughly convincing win over a Papua New Guinea side reduced to ten players after Talitha Irakau was sent off two minutes before the end.
Hannah Carlsen led the way with a hat trick to share the golden boot trophy with team mate Jasmine Pereira while 14-year-old Daisy Cleverley and Jasmine Pereira both grabbed braces with further goals by substitute Emma Rolston and a strike by Megan Lee after just 55 seconds.
With the main prize of qualification secured New Zealand also nabbed the Fair Play Award while Briar Palmer received the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player. Jolene Muir also made her international debut when she replaced Meikayla Moore 20 minutes before the end. Cook Islands goalkeeper Moeroa Nootai won the Golden Gloves award.
Megan Lee 1’
Daisy Cleverley 22’, 39’
Hannah Carlsen 36’, 40’, 78’
Emma Rolston 77’
Jasmine Pereira 46’, 90’+3