29 Sep 2010

Football Ferns thump Vanuatu in Albany

5:05 pm on 29 September 2010

The New Zealand women's football team has made an ominous start to their quest to qualify for the 2011 World Cup, thumping Vanuatu 14-nil in their Group A clash in North Harbour.

Amber Hearn led the scoring with a five-goal haul that included a hat trick inside the first 18 minutes, while Hannah Wilkinson added four goals of her own to open her New Zealand account.

Seventeen-year-old Rosie White and substitute Liz Milne also netted their first senior goals, while captain Hayley Moorwood contributed a brace and defender Abby Erceg also got on the score sheet in a performance that impressed coach John Herdman.

Group B gets underway on Thursday with second seeds Papua New Guinea meeting Fiji and Tonga taking on the Solomon Islands.

The top two in each four-team pool progress to semi finals next Wednesday with the winner of the final two days later claiming Oceania's spot in the 2011 world cup in Germany.