3 Oct 2015

Football Ferns thrash New Caledonia 26-0

3:23 pm on 3 October 2015

The New Zealand junior women's footballers continue to make Oceania's World Cup qualifying route look ridiculous, with a 26-0 hiding of New Caledonia.

The Junior Football Ferns led 17-0 at half-time at the Oceania Under-20 Women's Championship in Nuku'alofa, with striker Emma Rolston scoring 11 goals before the break.

Laura Merrin, who now plays for Everton, prepares to take a throw-in for the Junior Ferns against the Young Matildas at Kristin School in Albany, Auckland, back in July 2013. Photo: Andrew Cornaga / Photosport.co.nz

A Junior Football Ferns player prepares to take a throw-in Photo: Photosport

Coach Leon Birnie's side again underlined their strength at the Loto-Tonga Soka Centre as eight further goals came in the second half.

Grace Jale and Paige Satchell each scored hat-tricks while captain Jasmine Pereira scored six.

Goals to substitutes Jade Parris, Michaela Robertson and Isabella Richards completed the scoring.

The Ferns thumped Tonga 15-0 first up on Thursday.

The New Zealanders look dead-set certs to again qualify for next year's World Cup, which is being held in Papua New Guinea.

Their third match is against Vanuatu on Monday at 3.30pm (NZT).

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