Football Ferns smash China to win silverware
The Football Ferns have beaten China 4-0 to claim their first piece of silverware outside Oceania in 38 years.
The historic victory in the Valais Cup final in Switzerland this morning (NZT), saw the Ferns continue their form after overcoming Brazil 1-0 earlier in the tournament.
A clinical second half performance sealed the tournament win in Savièse, the national women's team's first trophy outside their home confederation since winning the Asian Cup in 1975.
Goals from Hannah Wilkinson, Rosie White and two from Amber Hearn sealed the trophy.
Hearn, whose goal was also the difference against Brazil, has also been named player of the tournament.
New Zealand coach Tony Readings said the win marked a number of important milestones for the Football Ferns.
"We keep calling on these players to get better every game and by winning this tournament and backing up the Brazil win we've taken more big steps forward," Readings said.
"It was also important for our team to beat China away from home as that again is something we've never done before.
"We're still working towards major goals in 2015 and 2016 but we will savour winning this tournament and the progress it represents for us."
Readings acknowledged the first half wasn't an improvement on the performance against Brazil, but praised a ruthless response after the break.
"It's nice to win a trophy but the clinical performance in the second half is a big plus. We've never done that against a team of this calibre so adding that piece to the jigsaw is massive for us.
We've kept two very good teams in Brazil and China scoreless and our keepers weren't really tested today.
"We are trusting ourselves to keep the ball and wear teams down. You could see China tiring and the first goal broke their spirit. After the second goal the game was over.
"That's a few games now where we've worn teams down through possession and scored in the second half."
Next up for the Football Ferns is a pair of glamour matches against Olympic champions and World number one USA in San Francisco in October 27 and Columbus, Ohio on October 30.