round-robin competition from 21-25 January acts as Oceania’s qualifiers
for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup kicking off in Germany in July.
Football Ferns coach Tony Readings says he was pleased with his side’s
strong attacking performance which included a hat trick to Hannah
Wilkinson, two goals each for Rosie White and Briony Fisher plus a goal
to senior international Annalie Longo.
But he also gave credit to his defenders for staying focussed for the full 90 minutes.
tactics from American Samoa were to sit deep and try to catch us on the
counter but I thought our back four and goalkeeper kept their
concentration throughout the game,” said Readings. “So I was pleased
with all 14 players that took the pitch today.”
the scoring on 16 minutes with a left foot shot from the edge of the
area and doubled the lead five minutes later after goalkeeper
Fiapa'ipa'i Siatu'u failed to punch a ball clear.
Women’s Player of the Year winner Rosie White made it three after 25
minutes latching onto a Lauren Mathis shot while Longo added a fourth
from close range after a weaving run into the box.
scored her first age-group international goal just before the break
then nodded home her second in the 64th minute after Rosie White had
rounded the goalkeeper for New Zealand’s sixth moments earlier.
Wilkinson rounded out the scoring when she volleyed home Anna Green’s
deep cross in the 81st minute.
American Samoa coach Rupert
Luvu says his side have a lot to work on, particularly defending
against set pieces and adjusting to the pace of international matches.
“We kept our shape quite well, but the speed of the New Zealand players was too much for us,” said Luvu”
against Cook Islands and Tonga we are looking forward to changing or
game plan. We’ll organise the team so we can go on attack and get some
goals in the next two matches.”
In the second match of the day,
Cook Islands applied plenty of early pressure against Tonga and looked
to be the stronger team. Pressure turned into a goal when Regina
Mustonen turned quickly inside the box and blasted home in the 16th
Tonga came back into the match after the break and went close with two free kicks from the powerful boot of Penateti Feke.
through the second half, Cook Islands goalkeeper Jennifer Akavi
misjudged a swirling high ball leaving Tongan striker Heilala Loto’aniu
an open net to score into.
Cook Islands had late chances to
win the match through Danielle Trego and Raivaru Nganu but in the end
had to settle for the draw.
Coach Jimmy Katoa was disappointed not
to pick up maximum points but believes his young Cook Islands side will
learn a lot from the experience.
“Overall it was a great game
but it’s just one of those times when you have to play 90 minutes. It
takes experience to hold onto a 1-0 win. Our girls are young and will
learn that over time but overall I’m really pleased with the effort
they put in.”
Match day One
North Harbour Stadium (Domain 3)
New Zealand: 8 (Hannah WILKINSON 16, 21, 82; Rosie WHITE 25, 52; Annalie LONGO 43, Briony FISHER 45+2, 64)
American Samoa: 0
Zealand: 1. Victoria ESSON (GK), 3. Anna GREEN (Captain), 5. Briony
FISHER, 6. Bridgette ARMSTRONG, 7. Elise MAMANU-GRAY, 9. Hannah WALL,
10. Annalie LONGO (13. Nadia PEARL 78), 11. Rosie WHITE, 16. Hannah
WILKINSON, 17. Teri Amber CARLSON (8. Sarah MCLAUGHLIN 64), 18. Lauren
MATHIS (12. Claudia CRASBORN 64).
Substitutes not used: 2. Caitlin
CAMPBELL, 4. Chelsey WOOD, 14. Elizabeth MILNE, 15. Emily COOPER, 19.
Lauren MURRAY, 20. Erin NAYLER (GK).
Coach: Tony READINGS
Samoa: 20. Fiapa'ipa'i SIATU'U (GK), 2. Beulah ONEY, 3. Marissa VAGAIA,
4. Fuataina SIATU'U, 5. Horonaima TULAFONO, 6. Fiso LETOI, 7. Angela
SA'O (12. Tuiemanu RIPLEY 35), 8. Faith EMBOY (11. Trixie MAVAEGA 59),
9. Meleane IOAPO, 10. Makerita LUANI, 16. Filiga IOAPO,
Substitutes not used: 13. Fara MATAITULI, 14. Malia SEFO, 15. Moaga SIAULAIGA, 17. Sancia SOPOAGA.
Coach: Ruben LUVU
Cook Islands: 1 (Regina MUSTONEN 16’)
Tonga: 1 (Heilala LOTO’ANIU 72’)
Islands: 1. Marjorie TORU (GK), 2. Jennifer AKAVI (Captain), 3. Aketuke
UNUKA, 5. Marii KAUKURA, 6. Marissa IROA (14. Tepaeru TOKA 89), 7.
Teariivahine-Iteuaterai HENRY, 9. Elizabeth HARMON, 10. Regina
MUSTONEN, 12. Natasha DEAN, 15. Louisa MANICO (11. Danielle TREGO 32),
17. Apii NICHOLLS (18. Raivaru Nganu 62)
Coach: Timothy KATOA (NZL)
1.Mele Vaisioa Mahe NIUKAPU (GK); 2. Buccilea ONGOLEA; 3.Anne Marie
TAUKAPO; 4.Kiana TMU’AMOHOLEVA; 7.Mele Moala SOAKAI; 8.Kalina Mali
MAMA’O (Pauline H. TONGA 62); 10.Heilala LOTO’ANIU; 11.Penateti
Lapiuingi FEKE; 12.Lynette SIFA; 13.Victoria MINIONETI (5. Loata Lupe
Folau LOTO'ANIU 69); 15.Suliana Latu UTAATU
Coach: Kilifi Solia UELE (TON)