The 'Young Football Ferns' are through to the Under 17 Women's Football World Cup semi-finals after beating Japan 1-1 (4-3) in a penalty shoot-out. Amelia Abbott scored the opening goal for the Ferns in the 17th minute after a well executed move off their own corner. Japan equalised in the 31st minute thanks to an incredibly unlucky own-goal from Nelson defender Hannah Mackay-Wright. The scored stayed 1-1 throughout the game before the referee blew the full-time whistle to take the game to penalties. Goalkeeper Anna Leat was the hero for the Kiwis as she saved the first penalty and then stepped up to score the match winning goal from the spot. Kelli Brown, Grace Wisnewski and Maya Hahn also scored in the penalty shootout win. Leat sent the team into the semi-finals where they will face Spain on Thursday at 8am (NZT). Newshub. … [Read more...] about Football: New Zealand shock Japan to reach semi-finals at under-17 World Cup
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The Young Football Ferns have edged Finland 1-0 to open their account at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Uruguay. A stunning goal from Kelli Brown late in the first half sealed the clash for New Zealand. The Hamilton Wanderers midfielder latched onto a loose ball outside the Finnish goal and launched a long-range shot right into the top corner. It was the opening goal of the tournament. Despite Finland dominating the possession statistics with 70 percent of the ball, the Ferns were dogged in defence and created several other chances as well. The victory’s just the third at the junior FIFA showpiece in New Zealand history. Striker Rosie White scored a memorable hat-trick against Colombia in Wellington in 2008, in the first-ever win at a U-17 World Cup - while a 5-0 thrashing of hosts Jordan at the 2016 Cup was the second. New Zealand play hosts Uruguay on Saturday morning (NZT) before ending pool play against African giants Ghana next Wednesday. Newshub. … [Read more...] about Football: Stunning goal propels New Zealand to under-17 World Cup win over Finland
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:53 PM "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time," said a visibly emotional Stanley Waita. “This is the day the country is waiting for – we’re through to the World Cup.” The Solomon Islands made history this morning as their U-16 side saw off Fiji in the OFC U-16 Championship semi-final to claim their tickets to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2019. Solomon Islands got off to a dream start when Charles Mani scored 45 seconds after the kick-off, in what has to be a record for this competition, with a low drive. Conceding so soon rattled Fiji and it took a fair while for the team to settle into the game as Solomon Islands controlled the action keeping Fiji contained in their half, and making sure goalkeeper Isikela Sevanaia was kept busy. Fiji had hoped to man-mark Solomon Islands marksman Raphael Le’ai out of the match with Thomas Dunn tasked with keeping the speedy goalscoring machine under wraps. However Le’ai … [Read more...] about Solomon Islands Through to FIFA U-17 World Cup
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 17 August 2018 Lauren Hemp- here with the PFA Young Female Player Of The Year Award Trophy - helped England to the semi-finals of the Under-20s World Cup Picture: PA PA Wire/PA Images Norfolk’s Lauren Hemp helped England to a place in the semi-finals of the women’s Under-20 World Cup in France. The former Norwich City Ladies striker turned in another fine performance as England beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Vannes, France.Hemp, a former North Walsham High School pupil, was unable to repeat her scoring feats from the final group game, when she grabbed a hat-trick in a 6-1 trouncing of Mexico. This time she left the scoring heroics to her Manchester City team-mate Georgia Stanway, who was on target in the 20th and 23rd minutes after the Dutch had opened the scoring with just 12 minutes on the clock.Hemp has made a huge impression with England’s Women’s U20s head coach Mo Marley, who spoke glowingly about her young … [Read more...] about Norfolk’s Lauren Hemp helps England into semi-finals of women’s Under-20 World Cup
The month of May has been kind so far to Dominic Solanke. He began it on the pitch as a late substitute in a Champions League semi-final in Rome. A first Liverpool goal against Brighton and Hove Albion followed last Sunday, in a match that he began ahead of more experienced players like Danny Ings and Adam Lallana – a measure of the faith Jürgen Klopp has showed in his 20-year-old recruit from Chelsea. And still to come is the excitement of a Champions League final, with the possibility of a winner’s medal to add to the one collected at the U20 World Cup last June, along with his Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player. The season has ended brightly for Lewis Cook too. Of that England team, it is the man who lifted the World Cup trophy as captain who made the most Premier League starting appearances (25) in 2017/18 – a notable improvement on his four in 2016/17. It says plenty about Cook’s progress in a Bournemouth shirt that a run of 18 … [Read more...] about England’s Under-20 World Cup winners one year on: Does the future still look as bright for country’s young lions?