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Football Ferns outclassed by Matildas

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/06/2016
Chloe Logarzo of Australia (L) and Meikayla Moore of New Zealand compete for the ball. © Jack Thomas / Getty Images Chloe Logarzo of Australia (L) and Meikayla Moore of New Zealand compete for the ball.

Football Ferns coach Tony Readings is demanding better from his side in their second match against Australia following a disappointing 2-0 loss in Victoria.

A Caitlin Foord double handed the Matilda's a worthy win at Ballarat and left Readings seeking answers ahead of the rematch in Melbourne on on Tuesday.

His world No.16 side were undone by the speed and precision of the fifth-ranked hosts, who maintained a 23-year unbeaten run in trans-Tasman contests.

"In the second half we huffed and we puffed but they definitely had the better of the chances," Readings said.

"We know we can play better than that, and we should have played better than that with the way we prepared, so we are a bit disappointed with the overall performance. The challenge now is to show a better version of ourselves on Tuesday."

Foord caused the Football Ferns problems all night with her speed. Her first goal in the fifth minute was slightly fortuitous, when her low-hit cross went through a host of bodies in the box and past goalkeeper Erin Nayler at the far post.

Australia's weight of possession eventually created a one-on-one for Foord against Nayler in the 51st minute and the young forward made no mistake.

It was a busy night for Nayler, who was forced to make several quality saves in conjunction with some commendable scrambling New Zealand defensive work.

It was the 100th international for defender Ali Riley and the first for winger Paige Satchell, with Readings handing the 18-year-old a late debut appearance off the bench.

The game at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium will be New Zealand's last before their Rio Olympics campaign.

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