The Football Ferns have beaten Papua New Guinea 7-0 in Port Moresby to qualify New Zealand's spot for the London Olympics with an emphatic 15-0 aggregate win in the two-legged Oceania Womens Olympic Qualifier Final.
They now prepare to put their case for official selection to the New Zealand Olympic Committee selectors.
After Saturdays 8-0 win in Whangarei, it would have been easy for New Zealand to let their foot off the pedal but they were 4-0 up at halftime thanks to goals from Hayley Moorwood, Sarah Gregorius, Hannah Wilkinson and an own goal.
The onslaught didnt let up in the second half with Anna Green curling a corner straight into the top far corner, Betsy Hassett drilling a low shot from the edge of the area and Gregorius slotting a penalty to complete the rout.
We knew after the first leg that the job was pretty much done but we couldnt celebrate until you actually book your ticket, said New Zealand coach Tony Readings
Weve done that now and the girls were really professional in their approach over the two games.
The players are never satisfied and are looking to improve with every game. The conditions were tough but they kept pushing until the end. I dont think we couldve got anything more out of the squad over the two matches.
Readings rested regular captain Rebecca Smith, and kept another three European-based professionals on the bench as he ran the rule over other players in contention for a final 18 player Olympic squad.
Their final selection for the New Zealand Olympic Team, like that of the Oly Whites who have also qualified, still needs to be ratified by the New Zealand Olympic Committee, but New Zealand coach Tony Readings is confident they have done all they can on the field to put their case.
We know that since the start of the year weve done all that we can. Weve gone to the USA and put in two fantastic performances against the World number one, gone through the Cyprus Cup unbeaten then done everything that was asked of us in these two games against Papua New Guinea.
Were really happy with ourselves and hope the decision goes our way but were confident weve shown that we will be more than competitive at the Olympics.
If selected, the Football Ferns will join USA, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, North Korea, Cameroon, South Africa, France, Sweden and hosts Great Britain in the 12 nation womens finals.
OFC Womens Olympic Qualifier Final Second leg
PMRL Stadium, Port Moresby
April 4, 2012
Papua New Guinea 0
New Zealand 7 (Hayley MOORWOOD 13, Sarah GREGORIUS 32, pen-84; Hannah WILKINSON 37, own goal 42, Anna GREEN 49, Betsy HASSETT 70)
New Zealand wins 15-0 on aggregate to qualify for London Olympics
New Zealand: 20-Rebecca ROLLS (GK), 3-Anna GREEN (7-Ali RILEY 79), 4-Katie HOYLE (2-Ria PERCIVAL 53), 5-Abby ERCEG, 8-Hayley MOORWOOD (c), 10-Sarah GREGORIUS, 12-Betsy HASSETT, 13-Rosie WHITE, 14-Holly PATTERSON, 17-Hannah WILKINSON (11-Kirsty YALLOP 60), 21-Hannah BROMLEY.
Substitutes not used: 1-Jenny BINDON (RGK), 6-Rebecca SMITH.
Coach: Tony READINGS
Papua New Guinea: 20-Linda BUNAGA (GK), 2-Aida GEROTA, 3-Kathrina SALAIAU, 4-Linah HONEAKII, 5-Docas SESEVO, 10-Barbra MUTA, 12-Clare TSUGA (19-Fatima RAMA 53), 13-Daisy WINAS, 14-Sandra BIRUM (17-Rumona MORRIS 38), 15-Deslyne SINIU (c), 16-Georgina KAIKAS (11-Esther MUTA 44).
Substitutes not used: 1-Fidelma WATPORE (RGK), 6-Agai MAX, 7-Lavina HOLA, 8-Esther KENATSI, 9-Defney FRANCIS, 18-Zeen LIMBAI.
Coach: Steven MUNE