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The Football Ferns carried on their high-scoring ways at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup on Friday, beating Cook Islands 10-0 on North Harbour Stadium’s Outer Oval in Auckland.

Sarah Gregorius claimed her first Football Ferns hatrick in the 10-0 win. Photosport

October 1, 2010

AUCKLAND – The Football Ferns carried on their high-scoring ways at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup on Friday, beating Cook Islands 10-0 on North Harbour Stadium’s Outer Oval in Auckland.

Backing up Wednesday’s 14-0 win over Vanuatu, New Zealand were again in dominant form in their quest to qualify for the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany and comfortably lead the Group A standings ahead of Tahiti who beat Vanuatu 5-1 in the day’s earlier match.

New Zealand wrap up pool play against Tahiti at 3.30 on Sunday, although their goal difference has almost certainly booked them a place in Wednesday’s semi-finals.

Striker Amber Hearn was again among the standouts, taking her tournament tally to eight with a hat trick that included two top corner strikes from long range.

Sarah Gregorius also helped herself to a hat trick and linked well with Hearn as part of a front three with Rosie White, while midfielder Katie Hoyle also go just reward for constant involvement by netting her first international goal.

Ria Percival was a touch lucky with a cross that that snuck in at the far post to make the half time score 6-0, while defenders Abby Erceg and Maia Jackman added second half headers to goals from Hearn and Gregorius to round out the scoring.

The Ferns welcomed Kirsty Yallop back into their starting line up after the midfielder arrived from Sweden on Thursday but Ali Riley and Rebecca Smith sat out the match with injury niggles.

New Zealand captain Hayley Moorwood was satisfied with the performance but said there was still room for improvement.

“In patches we had a better performance than on Wednesday. We had identified some things we wanted to do better in this game and in some areas we did that but in others we’ve still got some tidying up to do.

“When we play the Island teams it’s always going to be compact so we wanted to play out wide and get the combinations going with our wide players and I think we did that at times but still need to do it more.”

The top two in each four-team pool progress to semi finals next Wednesday with the winner of the final two days later claiming Oceania’s spot in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Germany.

OFC Women’s Nations Cup
North Harbour Stadium, Outer Oval
Matchday Two

New Zealand 10 (Amber Hearn 9, 40; 64; Sarah Gregorius 16, 27, 56; Katie Hoyle 21, Ria Percival 45, Abby Erceg 57, Maia Jackman 80)
Cook Islands 0
Halftime: 6-0

New Zealand: 20-Aroon CLANSEY (GK), 2-Ria PERCIVAL (12-Maia JACKMAN 61), 3-Anna GREEN, 4-Katie HOYLE (10-Elizabeth MILNE 46),5-Abby ERCEG, 8-Hayley MOORWOOD (captain),  9-Amber HEARN, 11-Kirtsy YALLOP,14-Rosie WHITE (17-Hannah WILKINSON 46), 15-Sarah GREGORIUS, 18-Kristy HILL.
Substitutes not used: 1-Jenny BINDON (RGK), 6-Rebbeca SMITH, 7-Ali RILEY, 13-Bridgette ARMSTRONG, 16-Emma KETE.
Coach: John HERDMAN

Cook Islands: 1-Marjorie TORU (GK), 2-Jennifer AKAVI (c), 4-Tekura TUTAI, 5-Tekura KAUKURA (18-Angela WALLBANK 84), 6-Marissa IROA, 8-Elizabeth HARMON, 9-Dayna NAPA, 10-Regina MUSTONEN, 11-Danielle TREGO (15-Louisa MANICO 65), 12-Natasha DEAN (7-Mama HENRY 50), 16-Upokotea MANULEA.
Substitutes not used: 20-Louisa BROWNE (RGK), 13-Leiana TEMATA, 14-Tepaeru TOKA, 17-Ani-Tia PIRI, 19-Kim TARE
Coach: Jimmy KATOA

 

Group A

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

New Zealand

2

2

0

0

24

0

24

6

Tahiti

2

1

0

1

5

2

3

3

Cook Islands

2

1

0

1

1

10

-9

3

Vanuatu

2

0

0

2

1

19

-18

0

Group B

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

Solomon Islands

1

1

0

0

4

0

4

3

PNG

1

1

0

0

3

0

3

3

Fiji

1

0

0

1

0

3

-3

0

Tonga

1

0

0

1

0

4

-4

0

 

 

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