Slatyer and Shipard play in opening test win

Canberra United players Thea Slatyer and Sally Shipard were part of the Matildas team that kicked off their two-match tour of New Zealand with a comprehensive 3-0 win over the Silver Ferns.

Canberra United players Thea Slatyer and Sally Shipard were part of the Matildas team that kicked off their two-match tour of New Zealand with a comprehensive 3-0 win over the Silver Ferns.

Sally Shipard replaced her club colleague at half-time in the encounter which was won 3-0 by Australia thanks to a brace of goals from Sydney FC striker Sarah Walsh and a solo effort from Perth Glory-s Lisa De Vanna, six minutes from time.

New Zealand battled hard but were reduced to ten players with the dismissal of Captain Hayley Moorwood close to the end of the match.

Here-s how the FFA reported the action:

The Westfield Matildas have started off 2010 with a solid performance against New Zealand securing a 3-0 win in their first match of a two match series in Auckland, New Zealand.

With a year gone since the Westfield Matildas last played an international match, it was an all important win, as they lead up to the AFC Women-s Asian Cup in Chengdu, China (19-30 May, 2010).

Australia was quick to settle in the opening few minutes creating a host of attacking opportunities with Lisa De Vanna a constant threat running at the New Zealand back four.

The Westfield Matildas opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Australia put the New Zealand defence under increased pressure in their own back third.

Reward came when Heather Garriock won the ball off the Football Ferns defence and played in Sarah Walsh who was unmarked in the box.

Walsh, with a first time shot, cleverly placed the ball back behind the advancing Football Ferns goal keeper Jenny Bindon to open the Australian-s account.

Bindon tried desperately to keep New Zealand in the match with a number of fine saves from De Vanna, Garriock and Collette McCallum.

Walsh however added her second eight minutes into the second half, finishing a swift counter-attacking movement she started herself.

After some decisive lead-up play, Walsh stepped across her defender to meet a low driven cross, again from Garriock, to side foot the ball past the standout Ferns goalkeeper Bindon.

Youngster Sam Kerr and Westfield W-League inaugural Golden Boot winner Leena Khamis came on for Walsh and Katie Gill midway through the second half with both players forcing Bindon into a number of top quality saves to stop the Westfield Matildas from going further ahead.

The Westfield Matildas- goal scoring had not finished yet when De Vanna grabbed one for herself with a deft lob over Bindon from close range to cap off an impressive display.

New Zealand-s evening was further dampened when captain Hayley Moorwood was sent off for her second yellow card near full-time.

The match also saw the return of Sally Shipard and Kylie Ledbrook to the Westfield Matildas fold following absences of two and four years respectively and Aivi Luik made her Westfield Matildas debut when she came on in the 71st minute to replace the impressive Collette McCallum.

Westfield Matildas coach Tom Sermanni was surprised with how well his players performed following the absence of Westfield Matildas action since the beginning of February 2009.

“It was a good win, a solid performance given it-s been a year since the girls have played an international,” said Sermanni.

“There-s been a few changes to the team since we last played and I wasn-t quite sure what to expect.

“After such a long period between games you-re never quite sure if the team-s going to work cohesively. There were a few unknowns going into the game not only of the result but by how they (Westfield Matildas) would play and I must say I was pleasantly surprised,” continued Sermanni.

“Heather (Garriock) set up all three goals and had an outstanding game. Collette McCallum was instrumental and Servet surprised me at the back with how well she has accustomed to the position.

“In fact I thought all over the park everybody played an excellent part in the performance. It-s a good start and we-ll look to use this momentum to build on as we set our sights on a successful Asian Cup campaign,” finished Sermanni.

The Football Ferns and the Westfield Matildas will meet again on Saturday 20th February at Bill McKinlay Park.

New Zealand 0 Westfield Matildas 3 (Sarah Walsh 23-/52-, Lisa De Vanna 84-) Wednesday, 17 February 2010 Women-s International Football Series - Auckland, New Zealand Local kick-off: 7:00pm (5.00pm AEDT) North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

Westfield Matildas: 1. Melissa BARBIERI (gk) (c), 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (10. Kylie LEDBROOK 76-), 5. Lauren COLTHORPE, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 7. Heather GARRIOCK, 9. Sarah WALSH (22. Samantha KERR 65-), 11. Lisa DE VANNA, 12. Kathryn GILL (19. Leena KHAMIS 65-), 13. Thea SLATYER (15. Sally SHIPARD 45-), 14. Collette MCCALLUM (27. Aivi LUIK 71-), 16. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

Substitutes not used: 17. Kyah Simon, 18. Lydia Williams (gk), 23. Kim Carroll, 24. Tameka Butt

New Zealand: 1.Jenny BINDON (gk), 2.Ria PERCIVAL, 5.Abby ERCEG, 13.Bridgette ARMSTRONG, 15.Hannah WALL (16.Emma KETE 75), 4.Katie HOYLE (3.Anna GREEN 67), 12.Betsy HASSETT (10.Annalie LONGO 57), 8.Hayley MOORWOOD (Captain), 11.Kirsty YALLOP, 9.Amber HEARN, 17.Hannah WILKINSON (14.Rosie WHITE 57)

Substitutes not used: 18.Kristy HILL, 20.Aroon CLANSEY (gk)

Yellow cards: Abby ERCEG, Hayley MOORWOOD

Red Cards: Hayley MOORWOOD