March 22, 2009
AUCKLAND – The New Zealand U-17 football team head into Monday’s friendly against Japan brimming with confidence after finishing the Sanix Cup with a resounding 7-1 win over Thai high school Suankularb Wittayalai in Fukuoka on Sunday.
Andrew Bevin and Andrew Milne each bagged a brace while Ernesto Lopez, Dylan Windust and Nikolai Molijn all chimed in with goals as the Young All Whites responded to coach Steve Cain’s calls for better finishing in front of goal with a hatful of well-taken efforts in the playoff for 15th place.
Earlier in the week, New Zealand beat the same opposition 2-0 in pool play, and also lost on penalties to Jang Yoon High School from Korea who went on to beat the academy side of J-League outfit Tokyo Verdy in the final.
The Young All Whites opened pool play with a 1-2 loss to Japan – who were knocked out in the semi-finals by Tokyo Verdy – but Cain says reversing that opening result is within reach.
“Looking at the results throughout the week we’ve shown that we’re not too far away from any side in this competition, and if we can piece the best bits of our performances together, we more than capable of knocking a side like Japan over.”
2009 Sanix Cup
March 22 2009
New Zealand 7 (Ernesto Lopez 15, Andrew Bevin 19, 31; Dylan Windust 42, Andrew Milne 53, 80+2; Nikolai Molijn 71) Suankularb Wittayalai High School 1
New Zealand: Alex Carr (GK), Ashton Pett (Michael Built 41), Josh Morrison (Gordon Murie 41), Cameron Lindsay (Jamie Doris 41), Fergus Neil, Andrew Bevin, Ross Haviland, Nikolai Molijn, Tim Pilkington, Dylan Windust (Andrew Milne 45), Ernesto Lopez.
Substitutes not used: Coey Turipa (RGK), Steven Kibby, Thomas Spragg, Adam Thomas.
Unavailable: Zane Sole (suspended)
Coach: Steve Cain
Young All Whites Sanix Cup Results/Schedule:
New Zealand 1 Japan 2
New Zealand 1 Jang Yoon High School 1 (Jang Yoon win 5-4 on penalties)
New Zealand 2 Suankularb Wittayalai High School 0
New Zealand 0 Saga Higashi High School 1
New Zealand 0 Kagashimi Josei High School 0 (Kagashimi Josei win 4-3 on penalties)
New Zealand 7 Suankularb Wittayalai High School 1
March 23 (1.30pm NZT) v Japan (friendly)