First international start for Howieson in cup final defeat
New Zealand were beaten 2-0 by United Arab Emirates last night in the final of the OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia but the game did provide Burnley's Cameron Howieson with his first ever start at full international level.
Howieson was selected for the New Zealand squad for this four nation tournament in which all four games were played in the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. He arrived having previously won four full caps for his country, all as a substitute, the last of which had come against China in Shanghai in November last year.
He made that five caps last Thursday when he came on as a 70th minute replacement for Andrew Durante in the semi-final against the hosts Saudi Arabia. There score was still 0-0 but eight minutes later a goal from former Manchester City, Oldham and Middlesbrough striker Chris Killen won it for the New Zealanders, rewarding them with a place in last night's final.
Their opponents were United Arab Emirates who had beaten Trinidad & Tobago in the other semi-final, but there was to be no final success for the All Whites as they went down 2-0 with goals from Ahmed Khalil and Ali Mabkhout.
However, coach Ricki Herbert made two changes to the team for the final and one was to introduce Howieson who came in to the side for Jake Butler who was relegated to the bench.
And it was the young Claret who came closest to getting New Zealand on the scoresheet with two free kicks.
The second of them caused pandemonium in the UAE box with West Ham's Winston Reid coming close but his first hit the bar before rebounding to safety.
Cameron will now be looking forward to a call up for their next games which are on 14th and 20th November when they face a CONCACAF nation in a play-off for a place in next year's World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Source: Clarets Mad
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