Sunday, November 2, 2008
Denmark 2 New Zealand 1
How sad, How sad.
Never in the history of NewZealand sport, has one felt more sorry for a New Zealand team that has lost. These courageous young woman, who had no right to be anywhere near Denmark one of then top teams from Europe, played their hearts out for 90 minutes, only to be left heartbroken by losing 2-1.
Having shocked the soccer world by going up 1-0 early, and then just missing an opportunity to take a 2-0 lead, Denmark came back and equalized, and then in the second half, Denmark took the final lead.
New Zealand came so close to scoring the tying goal, but it just wasn't meant to be.
Who would of thought, that this Under 17 woman's world cup will produce players with so much skill at such a young age, and more importantly who would of thought that our own girls would be up with the best, they have been amazing over the two games, its too bad once again our media is downplaying this team because of the sport that they play.
This has been an amazing event and we are not even at the second stage, the crowds have been huge, the skill levels of all teams have shocked me.
But I think what I would take from this world cup is, how for 90 minutes our kiwis girls nearly shocked the world , only to be left heart broken.
Lets hope that these young ladies go on to get scholarships to the USA and further their careers as professional woman players, they deserve so much credit for yesterday's match against Denmark, not just a minute or two on TVNZ or a line in the paper.
Most heart breaking lost in the history of NewZealand sport, but also one of the best efforts ever seen by any New Zealand sporting side.