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U-17 hopefuls set for crucial day two

New Caledonia will face New Zealand in the opening match at 1:00pm before Cook Islands meet Papua New Guinea at 3:00pm.
The winner of the round-robin tournament will advance to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan starting this September.
Here’s a look at the action that’s in store.
New Caledonia vs. New Zealand – 1:00pm Wednesday 11 April
Tournament favourites New Zealand will go into this match with plenty of confidence after cruising past Cook Islands 7-0 on day one. Hannah Carlsen and Briar Palmer led the way with two goals each but it was the collective team effort that impressed coach Paul Temple. Captain Catherine Bott was rested in the second half but is expected to recover from a minor niggle. New Caledonia are not so lucky however with skipper Wakalane Ngaiohni missing at least one match after picking up a red card in their 1-0 loss to Papua New Guinea. Kamaliele Fitialeata’s side have all the work to do but will take inspiration from their U-20 counterparts who beat Samoa 5-1 on day one of the OFC U-20 Women’s Championship today.
In their own words
“We know New Zealand are the favourites for this tournament so it will be tough. It will be even more difficult now that we have some injuries and we will just have to manage those players through the next two games. We watched New Zealand play against the Cook Islands so we know what we’ll be up against.” – New Caledonia coach Kamaliele Fitialeata
“We had a look at their first game and I think it will be a pretty similar situation for us. There are some slightly different formations we’ve got to have a look at and deal with but I think we just have to keep focusing on ourselves and if we play well we should be all right.” – New Zealand coach Paul Temple

Cook Islands vs. Papua New Guinea – 3:00pm Wednesday 11 April
Papua New Guinea are in the box seat along with New Zealand after picking up three points on day one but were made to work hard for their 1-0 win over New Caledonia. Frederica Apeh’s side may still be feeling the effects of that bruising encounter, which included no less than six cards. Georgina Kaikas was a standout causing havoc in the New Caledonian defence and scoring the game’s only goal. The national team striker turns 17 today and will be hoping the birthday celebrations continue tomorrow with another victory. Cook Islands may have suffered a 7-0 loss to New Zealand but still held their heads high after a determined effort in their first ever match at the U-17 event. An upset could be on the cards tomorrow if Angela Valamaka’s side can dominate physically and stay well organised on defence.
In their own words
“I thought we rose to the challenge against New Zealand and there are just some simple things we need to do better for longer periods. I think we’ll put in the same amount of effort we did against New Zealand and, from the small part I saw of the other game on the opening day, I think we’re going to give them a good run for their money.” – Cook Islands coach Angela Valamaka
“We will have to work on our defence because our movement in that area was very slow at times. I’ve seen the senior Cook Islands team play but hadn’t seen the U-17s until yesterday. I think we’ll be able to match them and I’m very confident that we’ll win.” – Papua New Guinea coach Frederica Apeh

Match Details
New Caledonia vs. New Zealand
1:00pm, Wednesday 11 April
Mangere Centre Park
Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: Gerald OIAKA (SOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jovita QILAMASALA (SOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Folio MOEAKI (TGA)
4th Official: Robinson BANGA (VAN)
New Caledonia:
1. Deborah SELEFEN (GK), 2. Priscillia GOHOUPE, 3. Brenda KENON, 5. Oceane PEREZ-GONZALEZ, 6. Jaydela HNANGAN, 7. Noe VALEFAKAAGA, 8. Cloesia BRUIREU, 9. Lyndsay NYIPIE, 10. Cheyenne DIEUMA, 11. Monique GORENDIAWE, 12. Josiane AYAWA, 13. Monique WAYEWOL, 14. Gwenhaelle WADRENGES, 15. Aude SIO, 17. Malory ONIARY, 18. Marylou USIKE, 20. Cinthia PAITA (GK)
Coach: Kamaliele FITIALEATA
New Zealand: 1. Lily ALFELD (GK), 2. Meikayla MOORE, 3. Laura MERRIN, 4. Catherine BOTT, 5. Emily JENSEN, 6. Hannah CARLSEN, 7. Jasmine PEREIRA, 8. Jess INNES, 9. Martine PUKETAPU, 10. Briar PALMER, 11. Emma ROLSTON, 12. Daisy CLEVERLEY, 13. Megan LEE, 14. Lauren DABNER, 15. Briar McNAMARA, 16. Ronisa LIPI (GK), 17. Courteney VAN LIESHOUT, 18. Megan ROBERTSON, 19. Jolene MUIR, 20. Kirsten MOLLOY
Coach: Paul TEMPLE
Cook Islands vs. Papua New Guinea
3:00pm, Wednesday 11 April
Mangere Centre Park
Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: George TIME (SOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Nadia BROWNING (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergine POIDA (VAN)
4th Official: Finau VULIVULI (FIJ)
Papua New Guinea:
1. Esther METLEM (GK), 2. Lavina HOLA, 3. Carolyn OBI, 4. Bridget KADU, 5. Maggie WEVA, 6. Dinna AWELE, 7. Delvinna YAKUC, 8. Talitha IRAKAU, 9. Alisandra AIPI, 10. Yvonne GABONG, 11. Alexier STEPHEN, 12. Wendy AGIBE, 13. Wendy AGIBE, 14. Fiona VULIA, 15. May MOGI, 16. Joy TSUGA, 17. Rumona MORRIS, 18. Georgina KAIKAS, 19. Ramana LORENZ, 20. Biangka GUBAG (GK)
Coach: Frederica APEH
Cook Islands: 1. Moeroa NOOTAI, 2. Teiti TUPUNA, 3. Linade UNUKA, 4. Rai NGANU, 5. Jade VALAMAKA, 7. Edna TEIO, 8. Louana TREGO, 9. Tyrina TREGO, 10. Tuakana NOOVAO, 11. June PUNUA, 12. Lee MAOATE-COX, 13. Temata HARMON, 14. Mona TAIO, 15. Maeva CARR, 16. Brooke MILLER, 17. Jessica PUIRI, 18. Tepaeru TOKA, 20. Imelda VAKAI (GK)
Coach: Angela VALAMAKA

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