AUCKLAND – The Football Ferns learnt a lesson in the art of finishing last night as they were defeated 4-0 by Olympic hosts China in the final international of their two match series
New Zealand made an aggressive start to the match, pushing numbers forward early on, but got off to a rough start when Maia Jackman scored a freakish own goal in the 25th minute,
when she over hit a back pass and lobbed her own keeper.
The Ferns bounced back from the early disappointment to enjoy large spells of possession throughout the first half and dominated the World Cup quarterfinalists but couldn’t get
anything on the board.
On the hour mark they were caught out by Chinese star Han Duan who clinically slotted home after a quick counter attack.
New Zealand pushed for a goal late in the game which opened the game up to the hosts who took advantage with another two clinical finishes after quick attacks. The ferns will be
disappointed by the final score line which didn’t fairly represent a match in which they enjoyed the majority of possession.
They will be working on their approach play and their finishing in the final third with eyes on upcoming fixtures against Australia.
Wendi Henderson came off the bench to win her 60th international cap, tying the Football Ferns appearances record set by Maureen Jacobson.
New Zealand, who lost the first match 0-1, are back in camp in February to prepare for a series against Australia.
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