New Zealand's Olympic Games-bound Football Ferns were unable to add another significant scalp to their build-up for London when Australia protected an 18-year unbeaten record against their neighbours with a 2-0 victory in Wollongong today.
Normal service resumed at WIN Stadium after New Zealand ended a 22-match losing streak against the Matildas by recording a well-deserved 1-1 draw on Sunday.
The Ferns were less than a minute away from celebrating their first win on Australian soil since 1991 when Thea Slatyer headed an equaliser in added time - but in game two at the same venue the world's No 10-ranked side had the contest under control much earlier despite Anna Green and Amber Hearn both striking the woodwork in the opening half.
Four minutes after Green struck the crossbar Australian striker Sarah Walsh compounded the Ferns agony when she directed an Ellyse Perry cross past Rebecca Rolls in goal.
Star striker Hearn, who had a lob cannon off the post on Sunday, was a picture of frustration again on the brink of halftime when she beat Melissa Barbieri again only for an upright to save the Australian captain before the ball ricocheted across the goal.
Walsh doubled the lead in the 57th minute when she latched on to a perfect through ball and found the top left corner.
A creditable showing against a rebuilding Australia side followed a historic 2-0 series win over China in New Zealand last week.
In a bid to gauge the talent at his disposal one last time before the squad for London is named on Friday head coach Tony Readings made several changes to the line-up that performed admirably on Sunday and at one stage in the second half four of his most experienced personnel were watching from the bench.
Australia 2 (Sarah Walsh 30, 57)
New Zealand 0
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