VIDEO: Coach Leon Birnie — ‘That’s what a final should be like’

New Zealand coach Leon Birnie says his players took time to settle in their OFC U-16 Women’s Championship final against Fiji.

“We weren’t playing the way that we normally do,” he said after his team’s 1-0 win in Tahiti.

Locked 0-0 at the break, Birnie said he told his players:

“This is what finals should be like.

“It’s an intense game. I just spoke (about) trying to shift the ball multiple times and expose them down the flanks and then just around having a bit more quality in the final third.”

Katie Pugh’s goal four minutes into stoppage time ensured New Zealand will represent Oceania at next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

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