Cook Islands national women’s football team will feature in this weekend’s OFC Women’s Nations Cup quarter finals. OFC MEDIA/22071902
The Cook Islands women’s football side is through to the quarter-finals despite losing their final pool match on Monday night.
Despite the 1-0 loss to Samoa in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in Suva, Fiji, the Cook Islands national women’s football has earned a spot in the top eight battle.
Finishing second behind the unbeaten Samoa who
defeated Tonga 2-0 in the opening pool match last week, the Cook Islands will
face the winner of Group C on Sunday, July 24, which will be Fiji unless the
Solomon Islands win convincingly against New Caledonia in their final group
stage fixture (played last night).
Cook Islands drew with Tonga 1-all in their first
match on Friday night.
In the second match, Samoa had secured a 1-0 lead over
the Kuki girls in the first half, but the team held their ground to avoid
conceding further goals.
Young Cook Islands goalkeeper Kimberly Uini, 15, from
Matavera led her backline along with defender Teretia Teinaki, making some
daring saves against a superior outfit.
Coming back on the field in the second half, the Cook
Islands were eager and took control of the ball in the first few minutes of the
Samoa made many attempts to extend their lead but fell
Cook Islands head coach Gary Phillips said: “Overall I
thought we tried to play football. Maybe we lacked a little bit of polish at
times but I was happy with the performance.”
“Obviously, at the end, it was about hanging in there
and making sure that we don’t concede again.
“To hang in there like they did I am really proud of
Samoa head coach Paul Ifill said: “I think it was a
compliment to us at the end that they were not trying to go and win the game. I
think they knew that 1-0 would get them through and they were happy with that
so that is a compliment to us.”
“I think we played well, pretty much throughout. There
was a couple of periods where I thought they got on top but we weathered the
storm when we needed to and I thought we were way better than in our first game