Junior Matildas complete qualifiers with perfect record

Junior Matildas complete qualifiers with perfect record

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Australia finished off their 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship qualifiers with another comprehensive win as they defeated Uzbekistan 9-1 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Australia finished off their 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship qualifiers with another comprehensive win as they defeated Uzbekistan 9-1 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

With qualification in the bag after a 6-0 win over Vietnam last start, Ante Juric's side continued their goalscoring spree with Jacynta Galabadaarachchi netting a brace and Sofia Sakalis a hattrick to ensure Australia would finish the tournament off on a high.

"This victory was a nice way to cap things off, leaving us undefeated. Though more importantly with a positive brand of football and with a great team ethos," said head coach Ante Juric.

"The girls have been impeccable on and off the field here in Vietnam, and now also have a good understanding of the importance of a professional culture, which has been instilled in this team and recent junior national teams."

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Australia finished the tournament with 65 goals scored and just the one goal conceded through 5 matches.  Sofia Sakalis was the chief goalscorer for Australia with her 11 goals seeing her finish tournament top goalscorer while Courtney Nevin was joint second (10) and India Kubin finished with 8 goals.

"This team has continued with being disciplined on and off the field and that has been evident by the way they have performed with a positivity and a willingness to play for each other at every moment."

"I'm extremely proud of this group, though only part one of the job is done. Part two will be looking to qualify for the World Cup at next year’s AFC championships."

Joining Australia in the World Cup Qualifiers are former U17 World Champions South Korea, Bangledesh and Laos.

The Junior Matildas will return to Australia before commencing preparations for next year's championships in China where Australia will be looking to qualify for the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup for the first time.


MATCH DETAILS

Uzbekistan 1 (Karly Roestbakken (90+2’)

Australia 9 ( Sakalis 23’ pen/38’/69’,  Galabadaarachchi 26’/31’),  Hristodoulou 45’,  Vignes 78’, OG 75’/85’,)

2 September 2016

Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre Field no. 3

Australia U17 Squad

Goalkeepers: 1. Annalee Grove, 18. Olivia Riddel, 21. Shakinah Friske

Defenders: 2. Gracie Johns, 3. Tori Tumeth, 4. Cecilija Matic, 5. Tessa Tamplin, 12. Ashley Dribbus, 13. Angelique Hristodoulou, 14. Alyssa Rose, 15. Jess Meads, 22. Julia Vignes

Midfielders: 6. Molly Arens, 8. Amy Sayer, 11. Courtney Nevin, 16. Georgia Iannella, 17. Karly Roestbakken, 23. Laura Hughes

Forwards: 7. Kyra Cooney-Cross, 9. Lucy Kell, 10. Sofia Sakalis, 19. India Kubin, 20. Jacynta Galabadaarachchi

Results

Australia 28-0 Palestine

Scorers: Courtney Nevin (1’, 7’, 12’, 20’, 27’, 27’, 32’, 32’, 34’), Kyra Cooney-Cross (4’, 72’, 83’, 89’), India Kubin (11’, 30’), Amy Sayer (37’), Karly Roestbakken (45+3’, 52’), Ashley Dribbus (54’), Gracie Johns (55’), Sofia Sakalis (59’, 61’, 68’, 86’, 90+1’), Georgia Iannella (85’) | Nicol Alsoos (47’ own goal, 57’ own goal)

Australia 14-0 Hong Kong

Scorers: Julia Vignes (3’, 47’), Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (6’, 36’, 83’), Amy Sayer (18’, 32’), India Kubin (24’, 45+2’, 49’, 64’), Jess Meads (53’), Lucy Kell (77’), Laura Emily Hughes (81’)

Iraq 0-8 Australia

Scorers: Sofia Sakalis (10’, 30’, 42’), Ashley Dribbus (36’), Karly Roestbakken (44’), Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (49’), Molly Arens (67’), Kyra Cooney-Cross (80’)

Australia 6 -0 Vietnam

Scorers: India Kubin (4’, 13’), Kyra Cooney-Cross (57’), Julia Vignes (79’), Courtney Nevin (86’), Alyssa Rose (88’)

Teams
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PTS
AUSTRALIA55006516415
VIETNAM54011971212
UZBEKISTAN5212912-37
HONG KONG5113424-204
IRAQ5104217-153
PALESTINE5023341-382

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