28 Mar 2013

Junior All Whites qualify for World Cup

6:50 pm on 28 March 2013

The Junior All Whites have qualified for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey after posting a perfect four wins at the Oceania qualifiers in Fiji.

New Zealand finished top of the group after beating the previously unbeaten Fiji 4-0.

Fiji was reduced to ten men with 30 minutes to play with the New Zealanders up 1-0 thanks to a Louis Fenton penalty.

The Junior All Whites then added goals to Cameron Howieson, Hamish Watson and Ryan Thomas.

Coach Chris Milicich says it was a polished, professional performance, the boys stuck to the game plan, kept the ball for long periods of time and frustrated Fiji.

New Zealand is set to take on Uzbekistan, Uruguay and Croatia in group play at the finals in Turkey in June.