Kiwis deliver on big promise

Saturday September 07, 2019 Written by Published in Soccer
New Zealand's Marisa Van Der Meer is on the ball, in the last U-19 Women’s Championship pool game, against American Samoa. SHANE WENZLICK 19090692 New Zealand's Marisa Van Der Meer is on the ball, in the last U-19 Women’s Championship pool game, against American Samoa. SHANE WENZLICK 19090692

Before the halftime whistle, New Zealand had more than booked their semi-final position, already up 8 goals to nil against a tenacious American Samoa at the CIFA grounds in Matavera.

 

The end was a fair accompli: a 12-nil victory, fun for Cooks spectators out to see a goal romp in the park, not so much fun for the American Samoa fans.

The Kiwi contingent now joins Tahiti, who hammered out a dominant 10 goal win over Samoa, along with day 5 winners New Caledonia and Vanuatu, in Monday’s do or die in the Oceania Football Confederation U19 Championships semi-finals.

French Polynesian cousins Tahiti and New Caledonia will take to the pitch first on Monday at midday in what should be a match full of flair, while favourites New Zealand meet Vanuatu at 4pm.

Losers of the semi-final games will play off for third place and the winners go head to head for what should be a thriller grand final on Thursday at the CIFA Complex – and the Oceania Under 19 Champions crowned.

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