16 Jan 2015

U-17s win 9-1 in Samoa

12:27 pm on 16 January 2015

The New Zealand Men's U-17 side have recorded their second win of the Oceania Football Championships in stunning fashion, beating Samoa 9-1 in Apia.

Samoa and American Samoa is hosting the Oceania Men's Under 17 Football Championship.

Samoa and American Samoa is hosting the Oceania Men's Under 17 Football Championship. Photo: Oceania Football

From the moment New Zealand took a fourth minute lead via a Samoan own goal at the JS Blatter Football Complex, Jose Figueira's side were in the ascendancy with eight other goals shared around five different scorers.

Substitute Logan Rogerson hit a second half hat-trick, Jack Anderson netted a double and Ben Kiore, Jamie Woodlock and Connor Probert also got their names on the score sheet.

Figueira said Thursday's effort was a solid showing, backing up their performance in the first game on Tuesday - a 6-0 win over Fiji.

"It was very pleasing to get the second game under our belt and get the second win of the tournament," Figueira said.

"The boys were really good in front of goal and capitalised on some Samoan mistakes in their backline but also scored a couple of good team and individual goals also."

After Thursday's match everyone in the squad has featured with Figueira stressing the importance of a squad approach for several reasons.

"I'm not going to lie when I say it has to be a team effort over here with the schedule and the conditions it's really important and I've laid that out to the players: everybody is going to play their part no matter how big or small," he said.

"After the second game today everyone has made their international debuts so it's a happy camp."

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