New Zealand in OFC U16 semis

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New Zealand in OFC U16 semis

By:   – Sports writer for Kiwi Football 

New Zealand who were pushed to the absolute limit by a talented and determined Papua New Guinea side who shocked many when they took a first half lead over the defending champions before going down 4-3.

New Zealand had enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half and had a slew of chances that they were unlucky not to see over the goal line and once again Papua New Guinea had goalkeeper Andrew Baniau to thank for a lot of that.

Although New Zealand were also their own worst enemy with a large majority of their shots going anywhere but on-target.

Playing a lone striker role Siegfried Beschel put pressure on the goalkeeper Alex Paulsen after he received a pass back from the defender, whipping the ball off his foot, taking it around Paulsen and firing into the empty net.

New Zealand didn’t have anything left in the tank as they played out the remaining few minutes of the first half but were ready to bolt out of the blocks when the second half got underway.