Navy Blues quartet one step closer to Tokyo

Words: ACFC Media

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Picture: OFC via Phototek

SUVA, Fiji - New Zealand U-23 are one step closer to the Men's Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo after a one-sided 6-1 thrashing of Fiji today.

Three Auckland City FC players featured with goalkeeper Cameron Brown retaining his place alongside Myer Bevan and skipper Logan Rogerson.

A fourth - goalkeeper Conor Tracey- was on the bench. 

VIDEO - Logan Rogerson scores for New Zealand U-23

The host nation came into the match off the back of a 1-0 loss to Vanuatu and they were back in that position after Scott Wara turned in a Logan Rogerson shot after just 13 minutes of this semi-final.

Two goals in 10 minutes from Ben Waine and Rogerson made it 3-0 before the result was put beyond doubt when Myer Bevan slotted home from close range just before halftime to make it four.

VIDEO - Myer Bevan scores the fourth

Mohammad Shah scored a consolation goal for Fiji but further goals from Callan Elliot and Bevan blew the scoreline out to 6-1 in favour of the visitors.

New Zealand U-23 plays the winner of the Vanuatu-Solomon Islands semi-final on Saturday 5 October 2019 at 3pm local time with the victor qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

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VIDEO - Myer Bevan scores his second and New Zealand U-23's sixth

Match Result
OFC Men's Olympic Qualifier
Wednesday 2 October 2019
Fiji 1 (Mohammad SHAH 74')
New Zealand 6 (OG 13', Logan ROGERSON 29', Ben WAINE 23', Myer BEVAN 44', 90+5', Callan ELIOTT 79')
HT: 0-4.

NZL: 1. Cameron BROWN (GK), 4. Hunter ASHWORTH, 6. Dane SCHNELL, 7. Myer BEVAN, 9. Logan ROGERSON [c], 10. Clayton LEWIS (11. Ollie WHYTE 46'), 13. Liberato CACACE (3. Dylan DE JONG 63'), 14. Billy JONES, 16. Gianni STENSNESS, 18. Ben WAINE, 19. Noah BILLINGSLEY (17. Callan ELLIOT 46').

SUBS NOT USED: 2. Jordan SPAIN, 5. Robert TIPELU, 8. Jake PORTER, 12. Conor TRACEY (GK), 15. Sean LIDDICOAT, 20. Alex PAULSEN (GK).

COACH: Des BUCKINGHAM.

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