And caps for skipper Kevin and young Town duo
The Town defender, who has not featured for the All Whites for over a year, played the last few minutes as a substitute as his country took another step towards the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
New Zealand now just need a point from the return game on Tuesday against Fiji in Wellington to top their group. They will then play the winners of the other Oceania group over two legs, with the winner taking on the fifth placed team in the South America group.
“We know it’s going to be difficult to get to the finals but the coach [Anthony Hudson] is confident that we have a squad good enough to make it,” Tommy, who won his 30th cap, told the Club website.
Kevin Bru was also in international action, skippering Mauritius in their 2-0 defeat in Comoros in the first-leg of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Meanwhile young Blue, Tristan Nydam, made his debut for England U18s in their 2-1 win over Qatar in a friendly.
Mick McCarthy has said that he’d like to give the midfielder a run-out in Blues’ first-team before the end of the season if Town are clear of any relegation worries.
Andre Dozzell won his eighth cap for the young Lions when he came on as a substitute. England play Qatar again on Monday in another friendly.