The Women’s U-17 side recorded their second win of the Oceania Football U-17s Women’s Championships on Saturday with a 12-0 victory over New Caledonia in Rarotonga.
A first half goal from Jacqui Hand and a Maggie Jenkins double gave Gareth Turnbull’s team a 3-0 halftime advantage and the team added nine further goals after the re-start, including a second consecutive hat-trick for Hannah Blake, who entered the game at the start of the second period.
The first 28 minutes of the match were scoreless, although the New Zealand side had the ball in the New Caledonia net in the 10th minute but it was ruled out for offside.
As the game approached the half hour mark, Hand opened the scoring with her fourth goal in two games; dribbling beyond two New Caledonian defenders to fire home.
Jenkins was denied New Zealand’s second goal in the 37th minute when New Caledonia goalkeeper Karine Xozame bravely saved at the feet of the Kiwi player but that reprieve was only temporary as Jenkins struck twice in two minutes before halftime to provide the 3-0 halftime margin.
The second half was only two minutes old when Emma Main made it 4-0 and halftime substitute Blake scored in the 49th minute after Main’s initial shot had crashed back off the crossbar.
Canada-based Gabrielle Jillings made it 6-0 three minutes later and defender Michaela Foster slotted home from the penalty spot just before the hour mark for a 7-0 advantage.
Second half substitute Claudia Bunge rifled home from distance in the 68th minute before Blake completed her second hat-trick in as many matches with two goals a minute apart to move the score to 10-0.
Jenkins completed her own hat-trick in stoppage time from the penalty spot after a red card for Flaureen Ausu and there was still time for substitute Samantha Tawharu to strike for the game’s final goal before the fulltime whistle.
New Zealand’s final Group A game is against Tonga on Tuesday 19 January at 1pm (NZ time).
OFC Women’s U-17 Championships 2016
Saturday 16 January
New Caledonia 0-12 New Zealand (half: 0-3)
NZL: Jacqui Hand 29’, Maggie Jenkins 44’, 46+2’, (pen) 90+3’, Emma Main 47’, Hannah Blake 49’, 70’, 71’, Gabrielle Jillings 52’, Michaela Foster (pen) 58’, Claudia Bunge 68’, Samantha Tawharu 90+5’
New Zealand: 1. Anna Leat (GK), 3. Amber Phillips, 4. Ally Toailoa, 5. Michaela Foster (2. Claudia Bunge 63’), 6. Nicole Mettam, 10. Sarah Krystman, 11. Jacqui Hand (7. Hannah Blake 46’), 15. Francesca Grange, 17. Emma Main, 18. Gabrielle Jillings (9. Samantha Tawharu 78’), 19. Maggie Jenkins
Substitutes not used: 8. Malia Steinmetz, 12. Nadia Olla (GK), 13. Kate Williams, 14. Rebecca Lake, 16. Alosi Bloomfield
Coach: Gareth Turnbull
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