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Kiwis gain 15 -goal aggregate with 7-0 victory in Port Moresby on Wednesday

The win sees the Football Ferns qualify for the Olympic Games for the second time after a crushing 15-0 aggregate win over PNG in the Oceania Football Confederation qualifying tournament final.

New Zealand coach Tony Readings said he weas delighted to see his players leave everything on the pitch.

“A lot more testing conditions today because the sun was out and the pitch maybe wasnt as smooth as the pitch in Whangarei but we just think the girls did everything they could today and we’re pleased with the results.”

Meanwhile acoch Steven Mune was disappointed not to give the lively home crowd a closer contest.

“We needed to show more composure on attack beacuse we did create more chances today but we also gave the New Zealand side too much room to move the ball around and we needed to concentrate more on holding in defence.”

“There is a big gap between New Zealand and the Pacific Islands but we are still proud to make it this far and compete in the play- off,” he said.

The Pacific Games fChampions failed to perform against teh visitors who last played here in 2008 winning 2-0. The Gulf in class was evident as the Kiwis controled the majority of the exchanges and never looked troubled.

New Zealand opended the scoreboard in the 13th minute when a cross from the left flank saw Heyley Moorwood slam the ball home. The Ferns look much fitter and lighter on their feet htan the local girls and registered their second goal by Sarah Gregorius in the 19th minute after a fumble in the midfield.

Neither the homeground advantage nor the weather were factors as the clinical visitors through Hannah Wilkinson and Betsy Hassett scored goals for a 4-0 halftime lead.

After teh break PNG coach Steven Mune rang in the changes but poor execution in passing and other basic skills did not not help the locals. With excellent control in their midfield department in the second stanza, the Ferns scored three more goals thorugh Anna Green, Hassett and Gregorius to bring their total to seven, just one less than the score in the mtach on Saturday last week.

Captain Deslyn Siniu, Daisy Winas and Kathrine Salaiau were PNG’s best.

The Football Ferns qualify for their second consecutive Olympic Games along with Oly Whites who defended their title at the OFC Men’s Olympc Qualfiers in Taupo last month.

The Women’s Olympic Football Tournament is set to take place in the United Kingdom from July 25 to August 9 with New Zealand joining Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Sweden, USA and the host Great Britain.

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