Young NZ football stars in action

Last updated 05:00 22/02/2014

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Southland will witness some of New Zealand's rising football stars in action tomorrow in the Southern United-Wanderers FC national league game at Rugby Park in Invercargill.

While it is the final round-robin game in the national league and with both teams towards the bottom of the table there is little riding on it, however Southland Football's Ken Cresswell suggested there is still a key reason for people to head along and watch tomorrow.

The Wanderers FC team is basically the New Zealand under-20 team which next year will take part in the New Zealand under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

"It's a good game for us to get to be honest," Cresswell said.

"It is the last game of the round and I suppose if you are a pure footballer you'd be thinking it would be nice to get one of the top teams down rather than the two teams at the bottom of the table, but the fact it is the beginnings of what will be the New Zealand under-20s in the 2015 World Cup it's a great game for the Southland community to see the players who could be involved in the under-20 World Cup."

It is the second national football league Southland has hosted during the 2013/14 national league season after Southern United and Canterbury United squared-off in December.

Cresswell hoped for some more this time around compared to that game in December.

"We were a little disappointed with the turnout from the earlier game in December, but it was good to see the ones that were there and we hope they come back again. The feedback from them was good, they enjoyed it."

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 2pm.

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- The Southland Times


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