Australia claimed their second win in the 2016 AFC Women's Olympic qualifiers with a 9-0 demolition of Vietnam at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka, Japan.

Game 2 between Australia and Vietnam brought with it high expectations for the 9th ranked Matildas against Vietnam ranked 20 places below at 29th.

It was the Matildas who delivered early with a golden period of three goals in 10 minutes and had them heading into the half time break 5-0 up.

A hat-trick for acting Captain Kyah Simon was a highlight before she being subbed out at half time.

Somewhat as expected, Vietnam were compact and stacked in defence forcing the Matildas to move the ball quickly to get in behind.

Emily Gielnik started the scoring slotting the ball past the keeper, finishing off a beautiful through ball from Simon.

Simon followed up with Australia's second goal after Elise Kellond-Knight played a pinpoint ball though, Simon all class with a brilliant turn, touch and shot.

Alanna Kennedy made it 3-0 with a solo effort beating Dang Thi Kieu Trinh in goals.

A lull in play saw Australia dominating possession with 83% in their opposition half but unable to break through.

Simon added two more before the half, scoring off a through ball from Foord and notching up her hat-trick from an incredible angle off the goal line.

With 10 players from game 1 in the starting line up for this match, it was no surprise to see Vietnam tiring but fighting valiantly.

Half time substitute Ashleigh Sykes continued the goal fest with Emily van Egmond hustling and cutting a ball back for Sykes to finish it off.

Van Egmond's hard work paid off with another when Vietnam were unable to clear the box from a relentless Matildas squad.

The goals kept coming with Michelle Heyman adding Australia's eighth after Tameka Butt cleverly nutmegged her opponent and Heyman cleaned it up in front of goal.

Defender Clare Polkinghorne added Australia's final goal of the match with an outstanding shot cross, lobbing over Trinh in goals.

“Obviously a good result and a good performance against a team that makes it hard to play against,” said Australia coach Alen Stajcic.

“I’m pleased we scored nine and put together a good performance, but there’s still room for improvement.

“Six points isn’t enough to get us to Rio, there’s still a lot of football to be played. We’re two steps down the track, but we know our next three opponents are very tough and we’re not taking anything for granted just yet.

“We’ve been physically and mentally strong so far, our preparation was very strong, but rest and recovery is the most important factor now that we’re here because we know we’ve done the hard work before we got here.”

Australia next take on Korea Republic in their Olympic Qualifiers match on Friday, 4 March. Kick off is 9.35pm.


Australia 9 (Gielnik 9', Simon 16'/38'/43', Kennedy 19', Sykes 64', Van Egmond 66', Heyman 76', Polkinghorne 86')

Vietnam 0 

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka

Kick-Off: 4:35pm local time (6:35pm AEDT)

Australia line up: 18.Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 3.Caitlin COOPER, 7.Steph CATLEY (4.Clare POLKINGHORNE 46’), 8.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9.Caitlin FOORD (16.Michelle HEYMAN 57’), 10.Emily VAN EGMOND, 13.Tameka BUTT, 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 15.Emily GIELNIK, 17.Kyah SIMON (2.Ashleigh SYKES 46’), 20.Ellie CARPENTER

Substitutes not used: 1.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 5.Laura ALLEWAY, 6.Chloe LOGARZO, 11.Lisa DE VANNA, 12.Casey DUMONT (gk), 19.Katrina GORRY

Yellow cards: Carpenter 66’

Red cards: Nil

Vietnam line-up: 1.Dang Thi Kieu Trinh (gk), 2.Nguyen Thi Xuyen, 3.Chuong Thi Kieu, 5.Bui Thi Nhu, 7.Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung, 8.Nguyen Thi Lieu, 12.Pham Hai Yen (9.Tran Thuy Trang 46’), 13.Hoang Thi Loan, 16.Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy (4.Vu Thuy 74’), 18.Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet (c) (10.Nguyen Hoa 82’), 19.Huynh Nhu

Substitutes not used: 6.Bui Thuy An, 11.Duong Van, 14.Tran Kim Thanh (gk), 15.Do Thi Yen, 17.Nguyen Hai Hoa, 20.Khong Thi Hang (gk)

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil