8 Mar 2009

Russia dashes Ferns' final hopes

9:09 am on 8 March 2009

The New Zealand women's football team has lost to Russia, ending the Football Ferns' hopes of making the final of the Cyprus Cup in Paralimni.

Russia won 4-2.

Midfielder Ria Percival scored after just 90 seconds but Russia then scored three goals as a series of defensive lapses cost the New Zealanders.

Wasteful finishing in an improved second half meant Amber Hearn's 60th minute penalty was no more than consolation.

New Zealand next meet the Netherlands on Wednesday.