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Peace Queen Cup: Korea 2-1 Football Ferns

A two-minute burst of quicksilver Korean counter-attacking snatched a 2-1 win from under the noses of the Football Ferns in their Peace Queen Cup opener in Suwon on Saturday night (NZT).

June 14 2008

AUCKLAND – A two-minute burst of quicksilver Korean counter-attacking snatched a 2-1 win from under the noses of the Football Ferns in their Peace Queen Cup opener in Suwon on Saturday night (NZT).

New Zealand led 1-0 at halftime thanks to Kirsty Yallop’s 13th minute goal but Kwon Hah-Nul and Park Hee-Young put the finishing touches on two blistering counter-attacks in the 68th and 70th minutes respectively to prevent the Football Ferns notching their first win on Asian soil in 21 years.

Despite limited preparation due to a late invitation to the eight team tournament, New Zealand dominated the first half at the Suwon World Cup Stadium and much of the second.

Yallop and captain Hayley Moorwood were commanding in midfield while fit-again Sweden-based defender Rebecca Smith quickly struck up an effective partnership with her centre-back partner Abby Erceg.

The Ferns’ bright start was typified by Renee Leota, who harried a Korean defender and then pounced on her under-hit back-pass to set up Yallop for the game’s opener.

But in hot and humid conditions, and with a boisterous crowd of 31,842 spurring the home side on, Korea went up a gear as kiwi legs tired heading into the final twenty minutes.

 “You have to salute a team that plays good football,” Football Fens head coach John Herdman said.  

“Korea scored two very good goals from two very good moves.”

“I think it’s fair to say we ran out of steam, but we can take some real positives out of tonight.”

Korea celebrate their equaliser.“We know we can outplay sides for 60 or 70 minutes but there’s clear signs that we’ve got to keep working in some areas”

“The last two games we’ve played we’ve been leading beyond the hour mark – we just have to learn to close games out.”

New Zealand face South American champions Argentina on Monday followed by Canada two days later.

Canada stunned the South Americans 5-0 in the opening day’s other match.

Football Ferns 1 (Kirsty Yallop 13) Korea Republic 2 (Kwon Hah-Nul 68, Park Hee-Young 70)
June 14, 2008
2008 Peace Queen Cup
Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, Korea Republic.

New Zealand
: Jenny Bindon, Ria Percival, Abby Erceg, Rebecca Smith, Anna Green (Annalie Longo 80), Merissa Smith (Katie Hoyle 65), Kirsty Yallop, Hayley Moorwood, Ali Riley, Renee Leota (Emma Humphries 75), Amber Hearn (Emma Kete 60).
Substitutes not used: Rachel Howard, Kristy Hill, Betsy Hassett, Emily McColl.

Standings:

Group A

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

Canada

1

1

0

0

5

0

5

3

KoreaRepublic

1

1

0

0

2

1

1

3

New Zealand

1

0

0

1

1

2

-1

0

Argentina

1

0

0

1

0

5

-5

0

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