OFC: New Zealand and Tahiti to contest third consecutive final
The final of the 2011 OFC Under-17 Championship will be played out for the third consecutive competition between New Zealand and Tahiti. Both teams qualified with a 100% record from their groups whilst Vanuatu and Solomon Islands will fight it out for pride in the 3rd/4th play-off which, like the final, takes place on Wednesday.
New Zealand expectedly came away from Group A with four wins over Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and American Samoa. The hosts, looking for a fourth title win in this competition following triumphs in 1997, 2007 and 2009, scored thirteen goals and conceded just one on their way to the final. In Group B winners Tahiti, who also completed the group phase with four wins out of four managed to defeat Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Cook Islands and Tonga scoring one less and conceding one more than their final opponents did.
Solomon Islands will feature in the 3rd/4th play-off against Vanuatu who performed well in the tournament with only a 5-1 reverse at the hands of New Zealand standing between them and a place in the final. In stark contrast Tonga suffered the ignominy of conceding a massive 46 goals in just four games including a 17-0 hammering in their final group game today against New Caledonia.
Both the final and 3rd/4th play-off will be played at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland on Wednesday.