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NZ Women outclass Thailand 2-0

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/12/2016 Angelo Risso

The New Zealand A women's soccer team have produced an encouraging second-half display to defeat Thailand 2-0 in Auckland.

Struggling to get a first-half foothold in the match, the Kiwi side flexed their muscles in the second stanza through smart goals to Kate Loye and striker Rosie White.

With a New Zealand development outfit defeating Thailand 3-2 in Albany on Thursday, the side now have a chance to secure a clean sweep in Whenuapai on Tuesday.

Thailand looked to dominate proceedings early on, supplying wingers Alisa Rurpinij and Kanjana Sung-Ngoen with plenty of ball down the channels.

First-half chances to Rurpinij and striker Pitsamai Sornsai were spurned, before New Zealand skipper Abby Erceg let a 25th-minute free header go to waste.

Sung-Ngoen then struck straight at the keeper after being put clean through by Sornsai, before shooting wide with an even better chance in the 40th minute.

For the Kiwis, young gun White went close with two long-range efforts, constituting the side's only other chances as the first-half ended scoreless.

The second half began in a similar fashion, with Thailand controlling all the ball until New Zealand A scored from nowhere in the 50th minute.

Collecting a pass from the right edge, midfielder Kate Loye let fly from outside the box with a left-footed rocket into the top corner.

The goal seemed to galvanise the hosts, who almost added another in the 64th minute when No.9 Martine Puketapu air-swung with the goal at her mercy.

The remainder of the match was one-way traffic, with speedy winger Paige Satchell, substitute Jane Barrett and White all wasting chances to double their lead.

The Kiwis almost threw it away, with Rattikan Thongsombut wasting a golden chance to equalise in injury time, before White secured the match with a 93rd-minute volley.

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