15 Dec 2008

NZ under 20's beat Fiji

5:39 am on 15 December 2008

New Zealand have shot to the top of the group at the Oceania Under 20 Football Championship in Tahiti after defeating Fiji 3-nil in sweltering hot conditions at Stade Paea.

New Zealand lead the four-team tournament - which decides Oceania's representative at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt next year - ahead of New Caledonia and Tahiti who played out a nil-all draw.

Temperatures soared to 37 degrees before the 4pm kick-off but the New Zealanders remained cool to dispatch Fiji with second half goals to Costa Barbarouses, Adam McGeorge and Greg Draper.

New Zealand's next match against Tahiti tomorrow.