(photo from Football Ferns Facebook)
Football Ferns win Valais Cup
The Football Ferns beat China 4-0 with goals from Hannah Wilkinson (53’), Amber Hearn (65’, 88’), and Rosie White (84’) to win the final and the inaugural Valais Cup in Switzerland early this morning.
It’s the first tournament win for the senior team since the Asian Cup in 1975.
On the match, Ferns coach Tony Readings said, “We’ve developed a new style of play but still remain stubborn in defence.
“We’ve kept two very good teams in Brazil and China scoreless and our keepers weren’t really tested today.
“We are trusting ourselves to keep the ball and wear teams down. You could see China tiring and the first goal broke their spirit. After the second goal the game was over.”
A particular highlight for me is the fact that the era where we would hold out for 80+ minutes before tiring out and conceding a goal or two in the final minutes looks to be over. The game this morning sounded like a very technically sound performance, coupled with mental and physical endurance to hold on to our lead.
The Ferns will play two matches against the USA in October, which will be a good test for our progress so far.
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