Shootout decides finals spot

Tuesday September 10, 2019 Written by Published in Soccer
Tahiti goolkeeper Corail Harry is unable to pull in the ball to save the semifinal in the penalty shootout.  SHANE WENZLICK / PHOTOTEK NZ 19090916 Tahiti goolkeeper Corail Harry is unable to pull in the ball to save the semifinal in the penalty shootout. SHANE WENZLICK / PHOTOTEK NZ 19090916

The first semi-final battle between New Caledonia and Tahiti in the U19 women’s Oceania Football Confederation Championship saw New Caledonia fighting for another win.

 

It was a scoreless game between the two teams in the regulation playing time of 90 minutes and with both team tied and equally as competitive, extra time began with two 15 minute halves.

Still no success from either team, a penalty shoot-out was used to determine which team was awarded the victory.

Each team took a turn shooting at the goal from the penalty mark with the goal being defended by the opposing team’s goalkeeper and from there New Caledonia secured an intense win with 7 to 6.

In the second semi-final game New Zealand cruised past underdogs Vanuatu with a comfortable win of 11 to nil.

The New Zealand footballers effectively kicked the ball between themselves to draw an opening between the Vanuatu players.

New Zealand quickly passed the ball to each other and it was clear they had good communication on the field. 

There was no luck for Vanuatu who couldn’t keep up with New Zealand’s quick passes.

In the first 20 minutes, New Zealand had already scored three goals and the crowd wasn’t sure if Vanuatu would be able to compete.

They didn’t take defeat well with their players lagging after New Zealand raised their score to five-nil at half-time.

After dominating with high scores through the pool matches, New Caledonia and New Zealand will show down for the champion title and a chance to make it to the U20 women’s world cup.

There will be a two-day rest and Vanuatu and Tahiti will play for third and fourth place this Thursday at 2pm.

Then, at 5pm, the finalists New Zealand and New Caledonia will play the deciding game at the Cook Islands Football Association field in Matavera.

 

 

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