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Young Football Ferns qualify for Azerbaijan

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.

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April 13, 2012

AUCKLAND – 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.

New Zealand join Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, China, Japan, DPR Korea, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and hosts Azerbaijan as nations already qualified for the 16 nation September 22 – October 13 finals.

Young Football Ferns coach Paul Temple said he was very satisfied with the quality of his side’s performance and delighted to qualify but fully aware the World Cup would be a much tougher examination of his side’s credentials.

“Everyone that qualifies for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be among the best teams in the world so it will be very competitive.  But we’re building, there are some good signs there and they’ve played some good football. But I think we’ll be a match for anyone on our day. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the players,” Temple said.

Temple reserved special praise for hat-trick hero Hannah Carlsen and two of the Young Ferns younger starlets, Daisy Cleverley and 15-year old Martine Puketapu.

“Hannah has been great this tournament. Daisy Cleverley and Hannah the two of them in the centre of midfield have really ran the show every time they’ve played. It’s nice for them to get some goals as well,” Temple said, “Daisy and Martine Puketapu are mature beyond their years. Daisy has been an unsung hero for us at this tournament. I think she’s got a very bright future.”

The Junior Football Ferns can emulate the Young Ferns by qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012 by taking at least a point from bottom placed Samoa in their final match at Centre Park in Mangere on Saturday at 3pm.

OFC U-17 Women’s Championship
At Centre Park, Mangere
Match Day 3
Friday 13 April, 2012

New Zealand 9 (Megan LEE 1’, Daisy CLEVERLEY 22’, 39’; Hannah CARLSEN 36’, 40’, 78’; Emma ROLSTON 77’, Jasmine PEREIRA 46’, 90’+3)
Papua New Guinea 0
Halftime: 5-0.

New Zealand: 16-Ronisa LIPI (GK), 2-Meikayla MOORE (19-Jolene MUIR 60’), 3-Laura MERRIN, 4-Catherine BOTT (captain) 5-Emily JENSEN, 6-Hannah CARLSEN, 7-Jasmine PEREIRA, 9-Martine PUKETAPU (11-Emma ROLSTON 39’), 10-Briar PALMER, 12-Daisy CLEVERLEY (8-Jessica INNES 79’), 13-Megan LEE.
Substitutes not used: 1-Lily ALFELD (GK), 13-Megan LEE, 14-Lauren DABNER, 15-Briar McNAMARA, 17-Courtenay van LIESHOUT, 18-Megan ROBERTSON, 20-Kristen MOLLOY.
Coach: Paul TEMPLE

Papua New Guinea: 23-Biangka GUBAG (GK), 2-Lavina HOLA (10-Yvonna GABONG 26’), 3-Carolyn OBI, 4-Bridget KADU, 5-Maggie WEVA (14-Fiona VULIA 88’), 8-Talitha IRAKAU, 11-Alexeir STEPHEN, 13-Wendy AGIBE (7-Delvinna YAKUC 82’), 17-Rumona MORRIS, 18-Georgina KAIKAS, 19-Ramona LORENZ.
Substitutes not used: 6-Dinna AWELE, 9-Alisandra AIPI, , 12-Maravai VULIA, , 15-May MOGI.
Coach: Frederica APEH

Match Day 3 – Standings

 

 

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

New Zealand*

3

3

0

0

29

1

28

9

Papua New Guinea

3

2

0

1

4

11

-7

6

Cook Islands

3

1

0

2

5

10

-5

3

New Caledonia

3

0

0

3

1

17

-16

0

*New Zealand advances to FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012.

Results
New Zealand 7, Cook Islands 0
Papua New Guinea 1, New Caledonia 0
New Zealand 13, New Caledonia 1
Papua New Guinea 3, Cook Islands 2
Cook Islands 3, New Caledonia 0
New Zealand 9, Papua New Guinea 0

Golden Boot Award
6-  Hannah CARLSEN (New Zealand), Jasmine PEREIRA (New Zealand)
4- Martine PUKETAPU (New Zealand), Emma ROLSTON (New Zealand)
3- Daisy CLEVERLEY (New Zealand), Briar PALMER (New Zealand), Tepaeru TOKA (Cook Islands)
2-  Georgina KAIKAS (Papua New Guinea), Ramona LORENZ (Papua New Guinea)
1-  CJ BOTT (New Zealand), Jess INNES (New Zealand), Megan LEE (New Zealand), Lee MAOTAE-COX  (Cook Islands), Mona TAIO (Cook Islands), Noe VALEFAKAAGA (New Caledonia)

Fair Play Award 
New Zealand

Golden Ball Award
Briar PALMER (New Zealand)

Golden Boot Award 
Hannah CARLSEN (New Zealand)/Jasmine PEREIRA (New Zealand).

Golden Glove Award
Moeroa NOOTAI (Cook Islands)

Next fixtures:

OFC U-20 Women’s Championship
Match Day 3

Saturday April 14, 2012
Papua New Guinea v New Caledonia
Kick-off: 1pm

Samoa v New Zealand Junior Football Ferns
Kick-off: 3pm 

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