April 14, 2012
AUCKLAND –New Zealand, inspired by four goal skipper Rosie White, sealed qualification to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan with a 12-0 win over Samoa on the final day of the OFC U-20 Women’s Championships at Centre Park, Mangere today.
18-year old captain Rosie White smashed four goals and Olivia Chance a hat-trick, as White claimed the golden boot with eight goals from three games.
The Junior Football Ferns made sure of their ticket to the 16-team finals with a blistering start. Kate Loye won the tournament’s best player award while custodian Erin Nayler snared the Golden Gloves award as best goalkeeper.
“It’s another stepping stone on the way to one of their goals,” said New Zealand coach Aaron McFarland, “we’ve tried to keep standards high through-out the week and focus on how we want to play. Over time we’ll review this tournament and see where we can make further improvement.”
Chance, back in the starting line-up after missing the win over New Caledonia, opened the scoring in the 5th minute with Stephanie Skilton notching rapid fire double in a four minute burst before Chance blasted New Zealand into a 4-0 lead with less than 20 minutes up on the clock.
Tessa Berger tucked away the Junior Ferns’ fifth after 25 minutes before Rosie White swept home the sixth after a move that involved Evie Millyn, Holly Patterson and Skilton to cap an impressive first half performance from New Zealand who took an imposing 6-0 lead into halftime.
White made it seven with her second goal four minutes in to the second spell, but the scoring dried up for 23 minutes as a congested Samoan defence, some good keeping from Vaelua Fautua and her posts, kept the New Zealanders at bay until the 72nd minute when Caitlin Smallfield scored from close range.
There was time for Chance to complete her first international hat-trick, while New Zealand added a further three goals, two from White, one from substitute Hannah Wilkinson on 90 minutes to make it 12-0 and complete a lop-sided win.
Junior Football Ferns captain Rosie White, who bagged her fifth international hat-trick at all levels of the game, has now scored 37 goals in 65 international matches for New Zealand.
“I was happy with that - we have so many opportunities it’s to get good a few away put away. I haven’t really had much time with the team so it’s been good to be in camp for a week and getting to know the girls,” White said.
White, a veteran of the 2008 and 2010 Junior Football Ferns side that went to Chile and Germany, was delighted with her team’s performance and excited by the prospect of another World Cup appearance.
“It’s pretty exciting we put on a good performance in our last game and we’re excited and happy and we can’t wait to go to Japan,” White said. “We’ve got quite a lot of experience and I think we’ll do well, but there is a lot of room for improvement.”
New Zealand join fellow qualifiers Argentina, Brazil, Canada, USA, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, China and hosts Japan at the 19 August to 8 September finals.
The qualification process concludes when the African section is completed on May 20.
Earlier in the day Papua New Guinea beat New Caledonia 4-2 to pip them for second place by a single point.
OFC U-20 Women’s Championship
At Centre Park, Mangere
Match Day 3
Saturday 14 April, 2012
New Zealand 12 (Olivia CHANCE 5’, 20’, 82’; Stephanie SKILTON 12’, 16’; Tessa BERGER 25’, Rosie WHITE 31’, 49’, 76’-pen, 80’; Caitlin SMALLFIELD 72’, Hannah WILKINSON 90’-pen)
New Zealand: 20-Corina BROWN (GK), 3-Holly PATTERSON (5-Kate CARLTON 46’) , 4-Tessa BERGER, 6-Lucy CARTER, 8-Olivia CHANCE, 9-Georgina BROWN (17-Hannah WILKINSON 64’) , 12-Stephanie SKILTON, 13-Ashleigh WARD, 14-Caitlin SMALLFIELD, 16-Evie MILLYN (19-Nadia PEARL 46’), 18-Rosie WHITE (captain).
Substitutes not used: 1-Erin NAYLER (RGK), 2-Katie BOWEN, 10-Kate LOYE, 11-Katie ROOD, 15-Rachel HEAD.
Coach: Aaron MacFARLAND
Samoa: 19-Vaelua FAUTUA (GK), 2-Tanya BRYCE, 3-Rosemarry ALAUNI, 4-Faanunu ROPETI, 5-Orieta ROPETI (17-Lotofoa LOKENI 67’), 7-Hana MALO, 8-Lanuola MULIPOLA, 10-Aliialofaifalepolu MOATAA (15-Chrisaria FAIMASASA 38’), 11-Faasega OKCEEFE, 13-Fiataua SIKOTI-PIULA (18-Ana MENE 74’), 14-Sa FAAPUSI.
Substitutes not used: 6-Selau FAU, 9- Autaele TAAVAO, 16- Marina TAPASA.
Coach: Phineas YOUNG
Match Day 3 – Standings
Papua New Guinea
*New Zealand advances to FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012.
Papua New Guinea 4
New Caledonia 2
New Zealand 6, Papua New Guinea 0
New Caledonia 5, Samoa 1
New Caledonia 1, New Zealand 10
Papua New Guinea 1, Samoa 1
New Caledonia 2, Papua New Guinea 4
New Zealand 12, Samoa 0
Golden Ball Award
Kate LOYE (New Zealand)
Golden Gloves Award
Erin NAYLER (New Zealand)
Golden Boot Award
Rosie WHITE (New Zealand)
Fair Play Award
8- Rosie WHITE (New Zealand)
5- Marie HEUTRO (New Caledonia),
3- Sandra BIRUM (Papua New Guinea), Olivia CHANCE (New Zealand), Katie LOYE (New Zealand), Kim MAGUIRE (New Caledonia), Katie ROOD (New Zealand), Hannah WILKINSON (New Zealand)
2- Georgia BROWN (New Zealand), Stephanie SKILTON (New Zealand),
1- Tessa BERGER (New Zealand), Lucy CARTER (New Zealand), Meagan GUNEMBA (Papua New Guinea), Lydia KOSE (Papua New Guinea), Hana MALO (Samoa), Evie MILLYN (New Zealand), Lanuola MULIPOLA (Samoa), Caitlin SMALLFIELD (New Zealand).