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NZ Under 21s edged in Junior World Cup opener

NZ Under 21s edged in Junior World Cup opener

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<p>The NZ Under 21 Women have been edged 2-1 by Belgium in their first game at the Women’s Junior World Cup</p>
<span><em>Photo: FIH/World Sport Pics</em><br>
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The New Zealand Under 21 Women have been edged 2-1 by Belgium in their first game at the Women’s Junior World Cup in Chile.<br>
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The Kiwis started well and found themselves leading 1-0 after a seventh minute penalty corner was slotted home by Stephanie Dickins.<br>
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But two quick fire field goals from Lien Hillewaert in the 26<sup>th</sup> and 29<sup>th</sup> minutes snatched the advantage for Belgium at halftime.<br>
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In hot conditions, New Zealand played aggressively in the second half and creating some good opportunities in the attacking third but Belgium were able to hold on for the result.<br>
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Head coach Sean Dancer said despite the final result it was a very good effort from his side.<br>
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“I am pleased with our girls’ effort today, we showed real spirit to keep fighting in tough conditions but unfortunately we were unable to make more of some of our opportunities,” he said.<br>
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“We have a quick turn around with game two tomorrow against China. We are confident with our aggressive style we can give them headaches and are looking forward it.”<br>
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The New Zealand Under 21 Women face China next up at the tournament at 8:00am tomorrow (NZ time).<br>
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