NZ U17 Oceania champions

New Zealand have further underlined their dominance at age-group level in the Oceania region, finally overcoming a spirited display from hosts Solomon Islands on penalties to claim a seventh straight OFC U-16 Championship at a packed Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara.

The hero was former WPSS goalkeeper Alex Paulsen, who pulled off a stunning penalty save in the dying stages of the game to keep the scores locked at nil-all and then repeated the feat in the shoot-out to earn his country a second regional title in a matter of weeks.

New Zealand and WPSS director Miya, also became champions of their confederation at U-19 level in August and now have both the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cups to look forward to next year.

New Zealand were also involved in the individual honours with Paulsen receiving the Golden Gloves as the tournament’s best-performing goalkeeper while Solomon Islands Le’ai earned both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot.

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