4 Apr 2012

Sport: NZ in box seat in Olympic football qualifier

10:37 am on 4 April 2012

The New Zealand women's football team are are unbackable favourites to advance to the London Olympics later this year, ahead of Wednesday's Oceania qualifying second-leg final.

The Football Ferns thrashed Papua New Guinea 8-nil in Saturday's opening leg in Whangarei.

Although ahead of Wednesday's return leg in Port Moresby, midfielder Katie Hoyle says there's still plenty of room for improvement.

"Patience in the attacking third is one area that we are looking forward to doing. Just having more patience on the ball - obviously the last match we had possession quite a lot - and to keep our standards high when we do have the ball. As a team we're always striving to push above our last performance and we've set a benchmark and we're always looking to strive above that every match."