The Young Matildas have effectively sealed their place in the semi-finals of the AAF Women’s Championship following a 12-0 drubbing over Cambodia.
Mary Fowler’s five goals in the first half put Australia in a commanding 8-0 lead at the interval and overshadowed MelindaJ Barbieri’s hat-trick.
Bethany Gordon, Holly McNamara, Princess Ibini and Alex Chidiac also got on the scoresheet.
Cambodia’s women did well to hold out in the opening stages; however, the levee broke once Fowler dispatched her opener from just inside the 18-yard box.
Australia did not take long to double — and triple — their lead with Fowler and Gordon’s strikes coming from outside the box.
McNamara added to Australia’s tally, meeting a cross near the byline and side-footing the ball — on the full — inside the near post.
By the end of the half, Australia had an eight-goal lead and were firmly in control. Ibini and Tori Tumeth were introduced for the start of the second half, though the game had lost its intensity.
Ibini dropped deep for her goal, turning into space and hammering home from 25 metres out.
Almost 20 minutes later, Barbieri completed her hat-trick, while Chidiac continued her rich vein of form in injury time after latching onto the keeper’s spill.
The win means Australia will almost certainly qualify for the semi-finals.