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Second period decisive when Singapore defeated New Zealand – 23.01.2015

New Zealand started strong with 3 early shots in the first minute before Singapore got control, and settled the game. Jill Quek had an immediate impact with the ball, showing she hadn´t lost her speed or her aggression, whilst having not played in the national team since 2009.

After some solid forward movement Singapore finally broke though with a shot on goals by Quek rebounded in at 8.40minutes by Nur Harilyn Mohd Tahir. One minute later New Zealand had their first good chance through Nicolette Jones. 1-0 at the end of the first period.

Singapore began their second period with some feisty doubling of their opponents. A great throw out from Fariza Begum Mohamed Zabir set up Soak Kuan Lai to put an early shot on the New Zealand net that was converted by 10.Hui Hui Ong.

Singapore then consolidated their score by converting 2 more quick goals 2.5 minutes into the second period to make it 4-0. Gracia Sengutuvan scored, assisted by Mohd Tahir and Mei Wen Ou pushed in a pass from Suhaidah Mohd Yusof.

After some possession and attacking play by New Zealand Singapore got a break away in the 13th minute and a bad tackle earned Sophie Scott 2 minutes for an incorrect hit. Singapore needed only a minute of the power play to score Ong getting her second goal assisted by Denise Khoo.

New Zealand settled and managed to defend well for for ten minutes before Quek controlled the ball behind the net for multiple passes to players in front of the net, with Joscelin Kee scoring. That put Singapore in front 6-0 which is the start they would want from this Qualifying tournament.

4 minutes into the third period the New Zealand Women scored their first international goal through youngest player in the tournament, 14 year old Georgia Kibblewhite, assisted by Ashleigh Mudge. Singapore promptly scored a timeout to change the momentum. It seemed to work, a minute later a cross pass from Ong to Laura Tan got Singapore their seventh goal. An incorrect hit from Lai gave New Zealand an opportunity for a second goal with a power play. However Wynne Tang thought differently and ran the ball to steal the kitchen whilst shorthand.

Singapore will be happy to start their qualifying tournament with an 8-1 win and New Zealand should be proud of their first outing on the international stage.

Best players
Singapore: Wynne Tang
New Zealand: Anita Jones

Mel Lyons / WFCQ 2015 AOFC LOC