In-form Ferns de­light crowd

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The Foot­ball Ferns will be look­ing to build on their good form when they take on the Aus­tralian Matil­das to­mor­row night in their fi­nal match of the In­ter­na­tional Tri-Se­ries.

The Ferns haven’t beaten the Aus­tralian na­tional side since Oc­to­ber 1994.

But two of the last four meet­ings have ended in 1-1 draws, giv­ing rise to the prospect of a win on home turf against the old en­emy.

Af­ter their 1-1 draw against 2014 Asian Games win­ners DPR Korea at Bill McKin­lay Park on Sun­day evening, Ferns coach Tony Read­ings says the in­tent is there to get bet­ter.

‘‘We’ve got a quite a few good games com­ing up and if our in­tent is right then we’ve got the abil­ity and po­ten­tial in the team to keep get­ting bet­ter.’’

The In­ter­na­tional TriS­eries be­tween the Ferns, DPR Korea and Australia con­tin­ues as prepa­ra­tion for the World Cup in Canada.

Hannah Wilkin­son opened the scor­ing against DPR Korea just 11 min­utes into the open­ing half af­ter vol­ley­ing home from just in­side the area much to the de­light of the vo­cal home crowd.

It didn’t take long for the vis­i­tors, who are ranked sev­enth in the world, to strike back as Jong Sim Wi lev­elled the scores with a header at the near post.

The rest of the match was a com­pelling duel which saw both teams have chances to clinch victory.

‘‘There was a real in­tent for the whole match to play to win, to take on their pres­sure – which we know is one of the best in the world, that’s why they are the sev­enth-ranked team,’’ Read­ings says.

The Foot­ball Ferns will be back in ac­tion to­mor­row night. at Bill McKin­lay Park against Australia.

Strong leader:

Coach Tony Read­ings gives ad­vice from the side­line. One up: Hannah Wilkin­son, left, cel­e­brates her goal with Betsy Has­sett.

Good hus­tle: For­mer Three Kings United player An­nalie Longo on the attack.

Pho­tos: PHOTOTEK.CO.NZ

Full flight: New Zealand’s Am­ber Hearn on the attack.

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