11 Apr 2012

Junior Football Ferns open Oceania Championship with comfortable win

7:36 am on 11 April 2012

The first day of action at the Oceania Football Confederation U-20 Women's Championship in Auckland yesterday brought wins for New Zealand and New Caledonia.

The afternoon began with a 5-1 triumph for New Caledonia over Samoa and the Junior Football Ferns accounted for Papua New Guinea 6-nil.

Papua New Guinea frustrated the Junior Football Ferns for long periods, particularly in the second half, but couldn't keep an attack led by captain Rosie White off the scoreboard.

Kate Loye put New Zealand in front in just the 11th minute and further goals from Evie Millynn and White had them three up by the break.

White helped herself to a second in the 49th minute before substitute Lucy Carter and Katie Rood rounded out the scoring.

The OFC U-20 Women's Championship returns tomorrow with New Caledonia meeting New Zealand and Papua New Guinea facing Samoa.