PNG wins Fair Play Award - Day Five review

14 April, CANBERRA - Papua New Guinea has won the 2003 OFC Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament: Fair Play Award for demonstrating an impeccable disciplinary record as well as playing in the spirit of the game. PNG finished third after beating Samoa 5-2 last night.

The tournament as a whole was played in good spirits with no red cards and only three yellow cards dished out. The improved standard of play was clearly evident and something all the five participating nations would have been proud of given the last tournament was staged back in 1998. This is an encouraging sign for women's football in the region and with more concerted efforts in development the next qualifying tournament should see the gaps close even further.

Australia finished with an unbeaten record after beating New Zealand in its final match last night and will represent the Oceania Football Confederation at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup in China from 23 September-11 October. It will be Australia's third World Cup having competed in the 1999 and 1995 World Cups. New Zealand represented Oceania at the inaugural FIFA women's World Cup in 1991.

Game 2 (Sun, 13/4): Matildas qualify for World Cup after beating NZ 2-0
13 April, CANBERRA - The Australia Matildas beat New Zealand 2-0 at Belconnen Soccer Centre last night booking their ticket to represent Oceania at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup in China from 23 September-11 October.
It will be Australia's third consecutive World Cup after qualifying in 1994 and 1998. New Zealand was attempting to qualify for only their second time after representing Oceania at the inaugural World Cup in 1991. However, the class and experience of the Matildas proved too much for a gallant New Zealand side.
Australia led 1-0 at half-time through Jo Peter's 24th minute goal. The Matildas extended their lead shortly after the break through a magnificent strike from Danielle Small in the 49th minute. The match was a physical contest with nothing between the two teams in the first twenty minutes. However, Australia soon began to make inroads out wide on the flanks leading to a goal to Jo Peters who beat two defenders to score past New Zealand goal keeper Yvonne Vale.
New Zealand was awarded a free kick not long after but Nicola Smith's shot went over the crossbar. New Zealand made an early substitution with defender Terry McCahill coming off for youngster Hayley Moorwood. But the Matildas sustained this pressure and finished the the stronger team at the half coming close to scoring again from two free kicks.
The Matildas carried this momentum into the second half and were rewarded when Danielle Small blasted in a 25 metre shot from the left side just four minutes after the restart to give her team a comfortable 2-0 lead. Staring down the barrel of defeat, but with ample time remaining, the confidence of the young New Zealand outfit seemed to fade in contrast to the Matildas who began to dominate the crunch round five fixture which had everything hinging on the result.
Both teams made substitutions midway through the half. The Matildas continued to control the tempo of the game with New Zealand's only real scoring chance coming in the 79th minute when substitute Wendi Henderson found Simone Ferrara in the box but Matildas defender Dianne Alagich was able snuff out that chance.
Small came close to scoring her second goal to put the match beyond doubt but her diving header from Foster's cross went wide. Soon after Fijian referee, Rajendra Singh, blew the whistle for time Australia winning the match and a trip to China. While Australia were worthy winners, New Zealand deserved praise for their brave performance with a young team.
Australia finishes the tournament unbeaten with four wins, while New Zealand settles for second spot with three wins and a loss. Papua New Guinea finished third with two wins with Samoa and the Cook Islands bringing up the rear in fourth and fifth place respectively.
New Zealand's Maia Jackman finished the tournament as the leading scorer with ten goals.

Game Two - Statistics

AUSTRALIA 2 (Joanne Peters 23', Danielle Small 48')

Halftime score: 1-0
Kickoff: 7.00pm

Weather: Overcast, 16°C
Pitch condition: Very good flat grassy surface
Match Officials: Referee - Rajendra Singh (FIJ), Assistant Referees - Ben Lemana (SAM), Gray Vuke (VAN), Fourth Official - Salaiau Sosongan (PNG).

Attendance: 2,200 approx

18. Melissa Barbieri (GK), 2. Gillian Foster, 3. Sacha Wainwright (capt), 4. Dianne Alagich, 6. Rhian Davies, 9. April Mann (19. Amy Wilson 60'), 10. Joanne Peters, 11. Heather Garriock (14. Tal Karp 81'), 12. Thea Slatyer, 15. Bryony Duus, 17. Danielle Small.
Unused Substitutes: 1. Cassandra Kell, Cheryl Salisbury (pulled out of starting lineup prior to kick-off because of injury), 7. Kelly Golebiowski, 8. Olivia Hohnke, 13. Pamela Grant, 16. Taryn Rockall, 20. Hayley Crawford.

Cautions: nil
Expulsions: nil

1. Yvonne Vale (GK), 2. Jane Simpson, 4. Priscilla Duncan, 5. Terry McCahill (11. Hayley Moorwood 35'), 6. Michele Keinzley (8. Rachel Doody 65') (9. Wendi Henderson 75'), 7. Maia Jackman, 10. Nicola Smith, 12. Simone Ferrara, 14. Kelly Jarden, 16. Rebecca Smith (capt), 17. Zarnia Cogle.
Unused Substitutes: 3. Melissa Ray, 13. Liz O'Meara, 15. Melanie Edwards, 19. Rachel Howard.

Cautions: nil
Expulsions: nil

Game 1 (Sun 13/4): PNG beats Samoa 5-2 to finish third
13 April, CANBERRA - Papua New Guinea were too strong for Samoa winning 5-2 in the earlier game last night. PNG led Samoa 2-0 at half-time scoring three second half goals to finish third on the overall points table.
Samoa scored two late goals to salvage some pride and ended up in fourth spot. The Cook Islands had a bye in the last round but did not win any of its matches finishing fifth.
Samoa had pushed PNG hard in the first spell with some good defensive pressure. But PNG were able to make the vital breakthrough taking advantage of a Samoan error which led to Lydia Banabas scoring in the 27 minute. Glenda Matthies added a second goal for PNG just a few minutes later. However, the Samoans rallied and were able to stave of a revitalised PNG who attempted to hammer home their advantage.
In the second half, Samoa tightened up defensively as PNG controlled possession. PNG were organised and snuffed out any attempts by Samoa to piece together any attacks on their goal. PNG extended their lead to 4-0 with two more goals through Nakere Nombe and Miriam Lanta. However, the Samoans did not fold and were rewarded for their resilience scoring their first goal of the match through Leti Talai. Banabas struck back with her second goal to take PNG further out to a 5-1 lead. But with defeat imminent, the Samoans were able to have the final say when replacement Selesitina Peresia scored Samoa's second goal just seconds before full-time.

Game One - Statistics

PAPUA NEW GUINEA 5 (Lydia Banabas 27' 80', Glenda Matthies 30', Nakere Nombe 51', Miriam Lanta 71')
SAMOA 2 (Leti Talai 74', Selesitina Peresia 87')

Halftime score: 2-0
Kickoff: 4.30pm

Weather: Overcast, 19°C
Pitch condition: Very good flat grassy surface
Match Officials: Referee - Tammy Ogston (AUS), Assistant Referees - Jacqueline Leleu (AUS), Airlie Keen (AUS), Krystyna Szokolai (AUS).

Attendance: 550 approx

20. Diane Tasion (GK), 2. Jocelyn Komeng, 3. Judith Michael, 4. Wanting Yagum (capt), 6. Miriam Lanta, 9. Priscilla Konalalai, 10. Glenda Matthies, 12. Tracey Kig (11. Neilen Limbai 56') (13. Tokoe Norrie 77'), 14. Frederica Apeh (17. Julie Alau 56'), 15. Lydia Banabas, 18. Nakere Nombe.
Unused Substitutes: 1. Roxanne Komeng, 5. Josephine Waiwai.

Cautions: nil
Expulsions: nil

SAMOA Lineup:
20. Tina Feagaiga (GK) (1. Rosa Solomona 78'), 2. Henifa Bruce, 3. Ruby Folau, 4. Hilda Hellesoe-Taualapini (capt), 5. Lynette Laumea, 6. Semeatu Lemana, 8. Tanya Seiuli, 10. Luisa Tagomoa (16. Tufa Vaigalu 59'), 11. Leti Talai, 12. Toese Tafafa (7. Selesitina Peresia 68'), 13. Ulufafo Tofilau.
Unused Substitutes: 9. Diana Sooialo, 14. Talei Tuiletufuga, 15. Alofaoo Mamea, 17. Carisa Warren, 18. Marylynn Williams, 19. Emily Young.

Cautions: nil
Expulsions: nil

Rank Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Australia 4 4 0 0 45 0 12
2 New Zealand 4 3 0 1 29 2 9
3 PNG 4 2 0 2 9 21 6
4 Samoa 4 1 0 3 3 39 3
5 Cook Islands 4 0 0 4 1 25 0

Player Country Goals
JACKMAN, Maia New Zealand 10
MANN, April Australia 8
SMITH, Nicola New Zealand 7
GOLEBIOWSKI, KellyAustralia 6


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