Joeys secure Group

The Joeys have wrapped up top spot in Group B of the Oceania Under-17 World Championship qualifier with a 3-1 win over NZ.

The Joeys have wrapped up top spot in Group B of the Oceania Under-17 World Championship qualifier with a 3-1 win over New Zealand.

With a game still to come against Tonga on Monday, the Australian team can afford to lose the match and still advance to the region?s playoff as it leads the Kiwis and Vanuatu by five points and the Solomon Islands by six points.

Tim Smits grabbed the opener on 17 minutes when he hit his shot on the turn into the top corner, but New Zealand equalised on 35 minutes through S Old, before further goals to Matt Hilton (61) and Richie Cardozo (92) secured the win.

While New Caledonia tops Group A, Australia?s opponent in the playoff is yet to be determined because New Caledonia is waiting on the Oceania Football Confederation to decide on its eligibility.

New Caledonia is not a full member of FIFA, meaning under OFC policy it is only permitted to play in Oceania tournaments, but not to contest FIFA events until it is a full member of the world body.

SCOREBOARD:

AUSTRALIA 3 (Smits 17, Hilton 61, Cardozo 92) bt NEW ZEALAND 1 (Old 35).
Source: Sportal