October 8, 2010
AUCKLAND – The Football Ferns booked their ticket to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World German in style on Friday, qualifying for Germany with an emphatic 11-0 win over Papua New Guinea in the final of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in Auckland.
Rosie White led the way with a four-goal haul that including two goals in each half as the Ferns extended their tournament tally to 50-0 from their five matches.
Ali Riley, Rookie of the Year from the WPS league, opened the scoring in just the seventh minute with her first Football Ferns goal, Ria Percival followed White’s first with an 18th minute strike and Hannah Wilkinson contributed a quick-fire double before White rounded out the first half scoring.
After early second half goals from White, her replacement Sarah Gregorius carried on the scoring with a 73rd minute volley before golden boot winner Amber Hearn added her 12th goal of the tournament and Hayley Moorwood round out the romp six minutes from time.
New Zealand now join hosts Germany, England, Sweden, France, Norway, Australia, Japan and Korea DPR as confirmed participants in the 16 nation finals next June.
It is the third time, and the second in succession, New Zealand has qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup which like the men’s equivalent is held every four years.
“We didn’t have to motivate the players today,” said New Zealand coach John Herdman.
“They’ve been looking forward to go back to the World Cup for a few years and today they just put the foot to the floor from the first minute and really punished the PNG team.
“The early goal was important. We went up to Papua New Guinea a couple of years ago for the Olympic playoff and just couldn’t get the goal and the longer it took the more nervous we got but the early goal today meant it was never in doubt.”
The Football Ferns depart on Thursday for South Korea where they will face the hosts and England at the Peace Queen Cup, one of their key preparatory tournaments, along with the 2011 Cyprus Cup, for next year’s World Cup.
Captain Hayley Moorwood summed up the players’ elation after reaching Germany.
“It’s a great feeling to know that we’re going to the Women’s World Cup. It’s a huge event and we’re really excited.”
“It’s a huge honour being able to captain a team that returns to a Women’s World Cup. We’ve got some build up games in the lead in to the tournament and we’ll prepare as best as we can.”
OFC Women’s Nations Cup
North Harbour Stadium, Outer Oval
New Zealand 11 (Ali Riley 7, Rosie White 15, 38, 50, 56; Ria Percival 18, Hannah Wilkinson 32, 36, Sarah Gregorius 73, Amber Hearn 79, Hayley Moorwood 84)
Papua New Guinea 0
New Zealand: 1-Jenny BINDON (GK), 2-Ria PERCIVAL, 4-Katie HOYLE, 5-Abby ERCEG, 6-Rebbeca SMITH (18-Kristy HILL 60), 7-Ali RILEY,, 8-Hayley MOORWOOD (captain), 9-Amber HEARN, 11-Kirtsy YALLOP, 14-Rosie WHITE (3-Anna GREEN60), 17-Hannah WILKINSON (15-Sarah GREGORIUS 46).
Substitutes not used: 10-Elizabeth MILNE, 12-Maia JACKMAN, 13-Bridgette ARMSTRONG, 16-Emma KETE, 20-Aroon CLANSEY (RGK).
Coach: John HERDMAN
Papua New Guinea: 18-Fidelma WATPORE, 2-Esther KURABI, 3-Miriam LANTA, 4-Kathrina SALAIAU, 5-Dorcas SESEVO (6-Jenisa ULENGIT 36), 7-Edna THOMAS (16-Lydia BANABAS 82), 8-Honekaii LINAH, 9-Daisy WINAS, 11-Zeen LIMBAI, 13-Samantha PENINSA, 15-Deslyne SINIU (captain).
Substitutes not used: 10-Sandra BIRUM, 12-Monica YAWAS, 14-Carolin MOEDER, 17-Rumona MORRIS.
Coach: Francis MOYAP
Cautions: Esther KURABI 45+1, Kathrina SALAIAU 77