The National, Monday 16th April 2012
PAPUA New Guinea finished second in both the U17 and U20 OFC Women championships held in Auckland, New Zealand.
In the U17 tournament, New Zealand Young Football Ferns defeated PNG 9-0 to confirm their seat in the FIFA U17 Women World Cup in Azerbaijan this year.
Both teams were undefeated throughout the four-nation tournament until last Friday when New Zealand stamped their authority.
PNG coach Frederica Apeh would have aimed to keep the Kiwis scoreless for as long as possible but that plan failed almost straight from kick-off when Lee finished off a Jasmine Pereira cross from close range.
That made an already tough task even tougher for PNG and they never got back into the game.
New Zealand embarked on another goal rampage to follow-up their earlier thrashings of Cook Islands (7-0) and New Caledonia (13-1).
Carlsen completed her hat-trick while Pereira joined Cleverley in notching a brace.
Emma Rolston also got her name on the scoresheet.
“We’re looking forward to Azerbaijan and we’ll see what the draw presents for us,” Temple said.
“Hopefully, we’ll get some more international games before we go. We’ll be playing the best teams in the world and it’s going to be really competitive but we are building and have shown some good football so far.”
In the U20, PNG finished second behind New Zealand after they defeated New Caledonia 4-2 on the final day of the U20 on Saturday.
The U20 Football Ferns qualified for the U20 women World Cup in Japan convincingly with a record 12-0 win over Samoa.
There was plenty of action in the earlier match as New Caledonia went in search of their second win while PNG tried to follow in the footsteps of their U17 compatriots who also finished runners-up.