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Young All Whites snatch late OFC win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/02/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

A late goal to replacement striker Charles Spragg has handed New Zealand a 2-1 win over the Solomon Islands and a guaranteed place in the Oceania under-17 championship semi-finals.

Striker Spragg scored a hat-trick in their 11-0 opening rout of Samoa but the Young All Whites were pushed harder in their second pool game in Tahiti.

Jake Williams put them 1-0 ahead at halftime but Gideon Kaoni levelled proceedings soon after the break.

New Zealand's final pool game is against unbeaten Fiji on Sunday.

The teams who reach the tournament final will qualify for the 24-nation World Cup in India in October.

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