9 Mar 2013

Two from two for Football Ferns

8:59 am on 9 March 2013

The New Zealand women's football team has made it two wins from two at the Cyprus Cup with a 2-0 victory over Italy.

The result means the Football Ferns enter their final group match with England with an eye on making the final of the women's annual invitational tournament.

And thanks to England drawing a 4-4 thriller with Scotland, the New Zealanders now only need a draw to make the final - which is likely to be against world No.7 Canada. The Olympic bronze medallists are the highest-ranked side at the competition.

Against Italy, goals to substitute Hannah Wilkinson and Anna Green in the second half came as the Ferns again kept the ball for long periods of time and gradually wore the 11th ranked team down, whilst creating a few opportunities - as they did in their opening match against Scotland

New Zealand lost to England 2-1 at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany two years ago. More recently the Ferns lost 1-0 at the London Olympics against Great Britain - a squad which featured 16 English players and two Scots.

Coach Tony Readings is looking to avenge those two narrow defeats but is also happy with the way the group is poised heading into the crossover matches on finals day.