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Fiji U19 thumped

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

THE Junior All Whites taught the Fiji under-19 team a footballing lesson by winning the first international friendly 5-0 at Bill McKinlay Park in Auckland on Sunday.

The result ended Ravinesh Kumar's four-match winning streak on the tour.

Kumar said the match proved to be a learning experience for his players.

"This loss is just part of the process," he said.

"It is not about winning or losing. It is all about the performance and what we wanted to achieve worked well.

"We are not worried about the goals which went in. But we are going to work on the mistakes of how these goals were scored and we are happy with the boys."

New Zealand broke the deadlock after 25 minutes when Australian-based striker Tomislav Trbuhovic slammed in a volley.

The hosts doubled the advantage when Clayton Lewis got on the end of an Alex Rufer delivery, blasting it past an outstretched goalkeeper Shaneel Naidu.

Monty Patterson curled in a free kick to earn New Zealand's third goal before half-time.

Trbuhovic scored his brace in the 53rd minute.

Substitute Andrew Blake sealed the win in the 82nd minute.

Kumar said they needed to play more quality matches.

"This is the first game against New Zealand and a couple more against a side like this will put us perfectly placed to make a strong bid for the Oceania Football Confederation playoffs," he said.

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