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Waitakere United too strong for selection

In front of a respectable crowd at the CIFA complex, it took Waitakere twenty minutes to find a gap in the Cook Islands defence and scored their first goal through their striker Chris Bale. Two minutes later Campbell Best for the Cook Islands team squared the ball in for striker Joseph Ngauora who missed a goal scoring opportunity with only the goal keeper to beat.
The match was evenly played up until the thirty eighth minute after Cook Island defender Alan Boere who plays for Waitakere’s reserve team in New Zealand was badly injured and this is when Waitakere hammered home three unanswered goals in a span of seven minutes to extend their lead to 4-0 at half time.
Early in the second half Campbell Best for the Cook Islands Invitational side latched onto a Nathan Tisam pass and scored his team’s sole goal with a brilliant individual effort.
As the game went on Waitakere after finding Cook Islands weaknesses in defence and especially around the eighteen yard area, showed their class and went on to score four more unanswered goals to win the match convincingly against the Cook Islands Invitational side by eight goals to one. The star of the match will have to be Waitakere’s mid-field Jordan Vale who scored a hat trick for his team.
All in all it was generally a good match with Waitakere showing what professional football is all about and how their players moved the ball quickly in difficult situations. The Waitakere team consisted of eight players who have played for the All Whites at age group level and at full international.
In the curtain raiser match of the day the Women’s National team defeated the Under 16 Boy’s Youth selection in a close and exciting match by two goals to nil with Linade Unuka scoring both of the women’s goals in the first half.

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