11 Jul 2015

Oly Whites' Rio dream stays alive

6:43 am on 11 July 2015

The New Zealand men's under 23 footballers have beaten Vanuatu 2-0 to reach the Pacific Games final in Papua New Guinea.

Monty Patterson rifled home a scrappy opener in the 47th minute following a corner, then nine minutes later Bill Tuiloma headed home from another corner to make it 2-0.

Monty Patterson in action during the under 20 World Cup, 2015.

Monty Patterson in action during the under 20 World Cup, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Oly Whites will now play Fiji on Sunday for the title, and a place at next year's Rio Olympics, after the Fijians beat hosts Papua New Guinea 3-1 in the other semi.

The New Zealanders are yet to concede in their four matches so far.

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