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History against Kirios in semi final date

Their last meeting in the 2007 edition of the Women’s Nations Cup championship saw the Football Ferns win against the Kirios by 8 goals to nil.
In this year’s championship New Zealand has continued with its impressive performance maintaining their winning ways against all the island countries they have met so far.
This was evident in their smooth sailing through the group stage where they defeated everyone in their path without suffering so much as a scratch.
In their opening match they finished off Vanuatu by 14 to nothing. This was followed by a 10 – 0 drubbing of Cook Islands in their second match.
Tahiti was the final victim in their march to the semi finals with the Kiwis putting 7 unanswered goals past them.
The Kirios’ ride to the semi was bumpy and reflected the level of experience in the team.
Their first match finished with an all important 4 – 0 win against Tonga.
Their second match in the championship was against Papua New Guinea who drew on their experience to defeat the Kirios 2 – 1.
Their last match, against Fiji, ended in a nil-all draw but fortunately the Kirios had the required number of points to proceed to the second round courtesy of Papua New Guinea’s 3 – 0 win over Tonga.
Punters may already be putting down the win in favour of New Zealand but the Solomon Islands side is looking to use the game as a stepping stone for the future.
“New Zealand will be a very tough side but it will be a great experience for our girls, especially the ones who are playing for their national team for the first time,” Assistant Coach, Diane Justus said.
All the players know that whatever loss or win they encounter is a gain for them as they look ahead to the 2011 Pacific Games.
For them finishing the championship with a medal is already a huge victory in itself and Justus has stated her confidence that the Kirios are on track for that.
Their semi final match will be played at 11:00am local time tomorrow.
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