6 Jun 2011

All Whites go down in Adelaide

6:26 am on 6 June 2011

A brace of goals from Josh Kennedy helped Australia to a 3-0 win over a battling New Zealand football team in trying conditions at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday night.

The striker scored in the 9th and 59th minutes to help the Socceroos seize control of the game and an injury time penalty from James Troisi proved the icing on the cake for a rain-soaked 21,000 strong crowd.

Despite the identical score line to Thursday's loss to Mexico in Denver, it was a much improved performance from the All Whites, although their line up had the same youthful influence with Ricki Herbert's side still missing 14 top-line players.

Among the fresher faces, there were strong games from Michael Boxall playing in his favoured central defence role and Jeremy Brockie filling in as a make shift left back, as Herbert played a flat back four for the first time since qualifying for the World Cup in late 2009.

Michael Fitzgerald and Aaron Clapham got more minutes in the second half and there was a international debut for substitute goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, while a Marco Rojas cameo added spark as Herbert used a total of nine players aged 24 or under including starters Chris Wood, Michael McGlinchey and Kosta Barbarouses.

The All Whites' programme for the remainder of the year will take shape after the preliminary draw for the FIFA World Cup qualifying on July the 30th.

The path for the winner of Oceania qualifying may yet go through a playoff with Asia, North America or South America.

The All Whites are scheduled to begin their path to the 2014 World Cup in June next year in stage two of Oceania qualifying which features home and away ties against the top three teams from this year's Pacific Games.