13 Mar 2013

Football Ferns beaten

10:45 am on 13 March 2013

The New Zealand women's football team has been beaten 3-1 by England which ends their hopes of making the Cyprus Cup tournament in Nicosia.

Amber Hearn gave the New Zealanders the lead after seven minutes which they held until half time.

However England scored 3 unanswered second half goals to move through to the final against Canada, while New Zealand will play-off for third against either Finland, Netherlands or Switzerland.

England has proved to be New Zealand's bogey side in recent times with the Football Ferns losing 2-1 at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany in 2011 and 1-nil at the London Olympics against Great Britain - a squad which featured 16 English players and two Scots.

Coach Tony Readings says the game is another step on their journey to bigger events in 2015 and 2016, they'll take a lot of positives from the match, but at the end of the day they've conceded three and lost the game.

He says there's not much between the two sides and today they dominated possession and they've never done that before.

Reading says they've proved they can play good football against top-10 opposition and that's a good place to start building heading into the next World Cup and Olympic Games.