10 Sep 2014

Junior All Whites beaten by Morocco

7:47 am on 10 September 2014

The Junior All Whites have finished their four-team football tournament in Doha with a disappointing 3-0 loss to Morocco.

New Zealand's Clayton Lewis. 2014.

New Zealand's Clayton Lewis. 2014. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The defeat means the New Zealanders end the event with one win and three losses from their four games.

After the New Zealand side accounted for the same opposition 3-1 on Sunday, the Moroccan team evened the ledger through a strong counter attack which produced three goals over the 90 minutes.

The African nation took a 35th minute lead and two goals in the final half hour bloated a score line which Junior All Whites coach Darren Bazeley says didn't reflect the nature of the contest.

"Football is a funny game," Bazeley said.

"In this match we created more goal scoring chances than in any game we've played, and they were really good chances as well."

"We had three very good chances, including a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, at 0-0."

"We didn't take those chances and they scored a goal 37 minutes into the game which was disappointing."

"In the second half we played some really good stuff and dominated the game and we just couldn't take that clear cut chance."

"In the last 10 minutes we pushed forward to try and chase the game and we conceded the third goal because of that."

Bazeley said he felt the Junior All Whites' win on Sunday played a role in sparking Morocco for this morning's clash, which also had benefits in testing the New Zealand side.

With the FIFA U-20 men's World Cup on home soil in 2015, Bazeley said the last three matches in Doha gave the team a chance to replicate what they'll experience in the group phase next May.

"We lost 1-0 to Chile in a game that Chile were very good and we worked hard and almost grabbed a draw."

"Then we came out and put on a really good performance and won 3-1 against Morocco. We'd be on three points after that."

"Then today we're probably out of the World Cup if we were using this as our three games, but if you'd seen the game and went over the chances, it's a game we could have perhaps won 3-2."

Pleased with the development of the group while in Doha, Bazeley said one of the team's key work-ons is the choices the players are making with the ball at their feet.