NZ defeats New Caledonia 7-0

New Zealand has defeated New Caledonia 7-0 in the second day of action for Group A at the OFC U-16 Women’s Championship in Apia, Samoa.

An early goal from Aniala Jensen motivated the All Whites girls to dominate and claim the game.

From the start New Calenonia got the game underway but New Zealand quickly took position and made their first attempt when Grace Wisnewski connected a cross from Britney Cunningham-Lee but it went over the crossbar.

A minute later they had a second chance from Maggies Jenkins who attempted to dribble into the New Calendonia box but it was cleared away in time.

They kept hunting for the opening goal but the New Caledonia backline always denied their chances.

They came close to finding the goal when they were awarded a free-kick after Jenkins was brought down. But their shot just went wide.

The All Whites got another clear chance when they awarded a penalty shot after a handball in the New Caledonia box, but Jenkins sent the penalty-kick over the crossbar.

Despite missing several chances New Zealand maintained their dominance and were fortunate to break the goal drought when Aniela Jensen smashed Britney Cunningham-Lee’s cross on the volley and went into the back of the net.

A few minutes later they extended their lead with a second goal from Grace Wisnewski with a tap over the New Caledonia goal keeper.

New Caledonia had three chances to equal the game when they were given three free kicks but their shots just missed the target.

New Zealand made use of their chances and further extended their lead 3-0 at half time with a goal from Jenkins.

In the second half New Zealand brought in Jayda Stewart to replace Grace to maintain their position.

On several occasions they had clear chances to extend their lead but they missed their goal opportunities by missing their two free kicks.

Britney Cunningham-Lee then extended their goal from a deflection from New Caledonia goal keeper.

Both teams put in more substitutes to add more fresh players as they kept manoeuvring each side to find the goal.

The substitution did no work well for New Caledonia as their hunger for goal did not work out.

It was New Zealand who with their substitutes were effective and as a result they kept adding more goals from Kelli Brown before Jenkins hammered the final nail to end the game 7-0.

In their first game they thrashed Tahiti 17-1.

New Zealand is leading the group A with six points.


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