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All Whites beat Queensland club opponents

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/05/2016

Goals to Monty Patterson and Bill Tuiloma have handed the All Whites a 2-0 win over Queensland club Western Pride FC in their first warm-up game ahead of the Nations Cup.

In a rare international match in Ipswich, the local side gave a lively account of themselves against a New Zealand team playing their first match since beating Oman in November.

Having failed to secure any matches in the latest international window, this was the first of three games the All Whites are playing against club opposition before opening their Nations Cup tournament campaign in Papua New Guinea on May 28.

Coach Anthony Hudson chose to rest a number of his more experienced players, including captain and Leeds striker Chris Wood and Wellington Phoenix midfielder Michael McGlinchey.

Uncapped Ipswich Town striker Patterson opened the scoring in the ninth minute from a free kick while France-based Tuiloma's goal came early in the second spell.

Western Pride goalkeeper Duncan Short kept his team in the contest by saving a penalty from veteran forward Rory Fallon near the end of the first half.

Hudson was pleased with his team's performance, having previously described the contest as a "fitness game" after putting his team through a rigorous training session the day before.

"This has just topped off the week so it's been really good. It was definitely a good workout for us," he said.

Western Pride are 10th in Queensland's National Premier League.

New Zealand's remaining games are against second-placed Redlands United on Sunday and fifth-placed Brisbane City the following Tuesday.

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