The New Zealand under-17 men’s (‘boys’, really) team has qualified for the under-17 soccer World Cup in Nigeria in October with a 2–0 win over Tahiti at the Oceania age group championship in Auckland today.
According to the NZ Herald…
Needing a win to progress, the Young All Whites scored two first-half goals through Zane Sole and Andrew Milne while recording their third consecutive clean-sheet for the tournament.
Sole climbed high in the 28th minute to head home a Jack Hobson-McVeigh corner, while Milne toed home an Andrew Bevan cross from close range three minutes later.
New Zealand were reduced to 10 men right on the first half whistle when Hobson-McVeigh received a second yellow card after an off-the-ball incident with Kaurani Voirin, who was also booked.
But a composed second-half effort saw the New Zealanders hold off Tahiti for the win.
New Zealand finish top of the table with Tahiti three points behind. Earlier today New Caledonia beat Vanuatu 1-0 to clinch third place in the round-robin tournament.
Well done, boys.