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Jun 15, 2013

Matildas beat New Zealand in shoot out

Matildas goalkeeper Brianna Davey has pulled off two brilliant spot kick saves to deliver her side a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over New Zealand in Canberra.

Davey backed up Thursday night's match-winning performance, desperately saving the first two shots from New Zealand's Amber Hearn and Katie Hoyle to win the Centenary Cup in front of 2,248 at McKellar Park.

The international friendly win stretches the Matildas' unbeaten record over the Football Ferns to 23 years.

The Matildas went close to scoring right on fulltime with a messy scramble resembling a rugby ruck on the New Zealand goal line after a corner from Servet Uzunlar.

But with the scores tied 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes, the two sides went straight into a penalty shoot out.

The Matildas had opened the scoring in the 11th minute, captain Clare Polkinghorne glancing in a header off a corner from Servet Uzunlar.

Playing catch up, New Zealand turned their aggression up a notch, Ria Percival and Katie Hoyle both receiving yellow cards for dangerous challenges.

Impressive Ferns striker Sarah Gregorius then backed up Thursday night's stellar performance with a cracking 38th minute strike to level the scores 1-1.

New Zealand found some extra confidence from the goal, putting Australia on the back foot with several close shots before the halftime break.

But proceedings evened out after the halftime break, and New Zealand were lucky not to lose a player after Percival was penalised for making a second desperate challenge.

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