New Zealand delivered an early reminder of their OFC U-19 Championship 2022 title credentials with a commanding 8-0 win over the Cook Islands in their Group A opener in Papeete, Tahiti yesterday.
Donkers’ four-goal haul, a brace from Oliver Colloty and goals from Jay Herdman
and Oliver Fay saw the 2018 champions pick up a convincing win to start their
title defence in Tahiti.
the Solomon Islands winning 6-0 against American Samoa earlier in the day, New
Zealand knew they needed to respond and Donkers got the ball rolling early,
hammering home from close range after just two minutes.
Islands goalkeeper Ngereine Maro, who plays his football in New Zealand, then
did his best to keep the scoreline down with stunning saves to deny Herdman,
Donkers and Jackson Manuel before New Zealand took control.
scored two similar goals in quick succession before Herdman, denied several
times previously by the defiant Maro, finally got his name on the scoresheet.
O’Leary was then hauled down in the box, with Donkers scoring his fourth of the
game from the penalty spot to give New Zealand a 5-0 half-time advantage.
through the second-half and another penalty saw New Zealand stretch their lead
to six, substitute Colloty slotting home from 12 yards, before fellow
replacement Fay made it 7-0 with a low strike from the edge of the box.
made it eight after Wilson Souphanthavong’s sublime display of dribbling laid
the ball on a plate as New Zealand saw out the final few minutes of an imposing
Zealand will look to continue their form against American Samoa while Cook
Islands will be hoping for a more positive result against Solomon Islands in
Group A’s next set of fixtures on Saturday, September 10.
Zealand led 5-0 at the break.
Islands U19 – Ariki
Kiriau- Avatiu FC, Oscar Wichman- Avatiu
FC, Tione Nand- Avatiu FC, Silas Trego-
Avatiu FC, Jean Tua- Matavera-Ngatangiia FC, Marcus Gibbens-
Matavera-Ngatangiia FC, Brook Kurariki-
Nikao Sokattak FC, Dwayne- Nikao Sokattak FC, Hubert Tou- Nikao Sokattak FC,
Jordan Matapo- Nikao Sokattak FC,
Moana Rakei- Nikao Sokattak FC, Nia Jnr
Remuera- Nikao Sokattak FC, Temarii Kelly Jubilee- Titikaveka FC, Nukumaeaea
Tima Mokora- Titikaveka FC, Ngametua Tahna Tuakana- Tupapa Maraerenga FC, Shane
Mathias Taunga Tuteru- Tupapa Maraerenga FC, Apiti Arere- Aitutaki-based,
Davida David- Aitutaki-based, Dalziel Beal- Australia Based,Ngereine Zachary
Maro- New Zealand-Based. Management Team – Alan John Taylor- Head Coach, Tahiri
Elikana- Assistant Coach, Paul -Turepu- Manager, Teina Savage- Assistant
Manager, Lucia Young- Physio.