9 May 2014

Sport: PNG U-20 footballers suffer heavy loss to NZ

10:38 am on 9 May 2014

The Papua New Guinea U-20 men's football team have been thumped 12-1 by the Junior All Whites in Auckland.

Tomislav Trbuhovic scored a first half hat-trick while Andre de Jong also struck three times as the duo accounted for half of the New Zealand side's goals.

The home side moved the ball at a quicker tempo, which proved too much for the visitors until PNG scored in the last minute of stoppage time as Nicky Benjamin kicked clear to finish beyond goalkeeper Cameron Hogg.

PNG and Fiji are using the matches to prepare for the upcoming Under-20 Oceania Championship in Fiji.