New Zealand's locally based All Whites signed off their 10 day New Zealand camp with a 2-0 win over an NZFC All Stars team at North Harbour Stadium this afternoon.
May 9, 2010
AUCKLAND - New Zealand's locally based All Whites signed off their 10 day New Zealand camp with a 2-0 win over an NZFC All Stars team at North Harbour Stadium this afternoon.
Playing in their all black strip the New Zealand A team dominated throughout the match but had to wait until the 34th minute to eventually break the deadlock. A long ball forward was expertly controlled by Costa Barbarouses who laid his pass back to Shane Smeltz. Smeltz's effort on goal was parried away by Jacob Spoonley allowing Jeremy Brockie the easiest of tap- ins.
Leo Bertos and James Pritchett replaced Brockie and Aaron Scott at halftime for New Zealand A, while Glen Moss got a run in goal for the All Stars. Moss had to be alert early in the second spell as he got a finger tip to a shot from Ivan Vicelich to turn the ball away from goal.
Barbarouses and Smeltz were a constant threat for the All Stars, while David Mulligan, playing in a defensive midfield role, had a busy game.
It was Barbarouses that added to the score in the 73rd minute. A long cross field ball was turned back into the penalty area by Aaron Clapham and Barbarouses was on hand to tap into an empty net.
The All Whites will disband and come back together on May 19 to prepare for the match with the Socceroos at the MCG in Melbourne on May 24. They then head off to a pre World Cup camp in Austria.
The 23 man All Whites squad for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa will be announced at 1pm tomorrow (Monday May 10).