New Zealand have won the OFC U-19 Championship, beating Fiji 3-0 in the tournament final in Tahiti.
The result capped a magnificent run at the tournament in which the New Zealanders:
- Qualified for next year’s FIFA U-20 Men’s World Cup in Indonesia, by reaching the tournament final.
- Scored 33 goals in their six games.
- Played nine hours of football without conceding a goal.
- Strikers Kian Donkers and Oliver Colloty share the tournament Golden Boot with nine goals apiece.
Melville United striker Colloty proved a handful throughout the game, forcing an early save from goalkeeper Aydin Mustahib after 10 minutes.
Soon after, Colloty struck a shot over the bar.
He finally got one in the net when he headed home a cross from Oliver Fay in the 34th minute.
In the 40th minute, Colloty got his second, deftly heading over the ‘keeper, again from a Fay cross.
The sides turned around with New Zealand 2-0 ahead.
Fiji had their best spell of the game in the second half, with Lachlan Lai shooting against the New Zealand post.
But the New Zealanders put the result beyond doubt with 10 minutes to go when Jay Herdman hit a long-range effort that flew into the net.
For New Zealand, this was their eighth OFC U-19 title.
Main photo: New Zealand are crowned OFC champions. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Game played on Sunday September 25, 2022 (NZT)
New Zealand 3 (Oliver Colloty 34′, 40′, Jay Herdman 84′)