Coach Chris Greenacre ‘delighted’ with New Zealand’s start at tournament

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New Zealand head coach Chris Greenacre says he’s pleased with the way his side coped with the conditions and their opposition in their 3-0 win against New Caledonia at the OFC U-19 Men’s Championship.

“I was delighted with some of the football we played,” Greenacre told OFC Media after New Zealand’s opening group game at the eight-nation tournament in Samoa.

“I think we took one or two risks at times where we probably didn’t need to do and probably could have scored a couple more goals on a different day but I’m delighted with the performance and delighted with the result.”

The hot and humid conditions tested the players, especially with 11 minutes of added time.

“We needed to take control because they (were) difficult conditions but we needed to take control and that’s what I thought we did.”

READ MORE: New Zealand off to winning start at OFC U-19 Men’s Championship in Samoa >>>>

WATCH: Highlights from New Zealand’s 3-0 win against New Caledonia >>>>

Watch Chris Greenacre’s interview


Games played on Saturday July 6, 2024

Group B

New Zealand 3 (Stipe Ukich 18′ pen, Ryan Watson 45+5′, Keegan Kelly 48′)
New Caledonia 0

Samoa 3 (Pharrell Trainor 38′, 47′, Juan Gobbi 82′)
Papua New Guinea 1 (Nalau Moses 50′)

New Zealand squad

James Bulkeley, Fleetwood United, Dubai
Lachlan Candy, Waterside Karori, New Zealand
Adama Coulibaly, Auckland FC, New Zealand
Luka Coveny, Western United, Australia
Fergus Gillion, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Bruce Izumi, Western Suburbs, New Zealand
Seth Karunaratne, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Keegan Kelly, Flatirons Rush, United States
Alby Kelly-Heald, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Tze-Xuan Loke, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Daniel Makowem, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Eamonn McCarron, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand

Finn McKenlay, Auckland FC, New Zealand
Oliver Middleton, Auckland FC, New Zealand
Lewis Partridge, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Codey Phoenix, Auckland United, New Zealand
Rico Pradhan, Christchurch United, New Zealand
Gabriel Sloane-Rodrigues, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Luke Supyk, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Stipe Ukich, Auckland City, New Zealand
Nathan Walker, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Joe Wallis, Auckland City, New Zealand
Ryan Watson, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand

RESULTS: First day winners at OFC U-19 Men’s Championship in Samoa >>>>


Game to be played on Tuesday July 9, 2024

New Zealand v Samoa
FFS Football Stadium, Apia, Samoa, 2pm (NZT)

Game to be played on Friday July 12, 2024

New Zealand v Papua New Guinea
FFS Football Stadium, Apia, Samoa, 11am (NZT)

This story was first published on July 7, 2024.

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