7 Sep 2010

Young Football Ferns lose World Cup opener

6:43 pm on 7 September 2010

New Zealand's under 17 women's footballers' chances of reaching the second round at the FIFA World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago have slumped after a 2-1 loss to Venezuela in their first game.

Kate Loye scored after 10 minutes and the Young Football Ferns dominated possession but couldn't find a way past the South American side's goal-keeper.

Venezuela equalised after 24 minutes and got the winner against the run of play midway through the second spell.

New Zealand play Spain on Friday morning.