Photo: Football Federation Australia

Australia continued their World Cup preparations with a 4-0  win over Vietnam behind closed doors at Valentine Sports Park in Park Lea, NSW.

Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord scored in the first half while Kyah Simon and Michelle Heyman netted after the break to see Australia comfortably claim the win.

“Today was another step in the process, it was good to get another hit out under our belts not only to get more match time but an indication of the things we still need to work on,” Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic said.

“While there was some good football in patches, the next three weeks is vital for making sure we’re ready for our first match of the World Cup against the USA on June 8.”

Goalkeeper Lydia Williams forced her way into the line up to play her first minutes for the Matildas since the AFC Asian Cup final in May 2014.

Defender Steph Catley was the unlikely source to break the deadlock in the 17th minute with a rasping top corner drive with Foord then doubling the advantage not long after.

Australia looked to add a third on the stroke of half time but Foord's effort was denied by fine save from the Vietnamese goalkeeper to keep the scores at 2-0 at the break.

The second half saw several substitutions with Melissa Barbieri notching up her first minutes for Australia since July 2012, while Leena Khamis returned from an ACL injury.

The Matildas soon cruised to a strong lead when Simon celebrated her 50th international with a goal before Heyman took advantage of a goalkeeping mistake to slot home into an open net.

With the Westfield Matildas playing their final match on home soil before heading to the Women’s World Cup, Stajcic urged people to turn out in big numbers to Jubilee Oval for the team’s farewell match on Thursday night.

“After such a long preparation, this is the final chance for the public to come out, watch the girls in action and get behind them before they leave for Canada on Saturday to represent Australia on the world stage,” said Stajcic.

“The players have worked extremely hard up to this point and there is a real belief among the group that we can do well, so it would be great to see a big crowd for the farewell game.”

The farewell match will be played at Jubilee Oval in Kogarah on Thursday night (kick-off 6.30pm AEST). Tickets are available at

Match Details

Australia 4 (Catley 17’, Foord 29’, Simon 47’, Heyman 48’)

Vietnam 0

Australia line-up: Lydia Williams (gk) (Melissa Barbieri (gk)), Larissa Crummer (Lisa De Vanna), Clare Polkinghorne (c), Servet Uzunlar (Hayley Raso 61’), Steph Catley (Elise Kellond-Knight 46’), Caitlin Foord (Ashleigh Sykes), Alanna Kennedy, Teresa Polias, Kyah Simon, Nicola Bolger, Michelle Heyman (Leena Khamis 61’)

Substitutes not used: Mackenzie Arnold (gk), Tameka Butt, Laura Alleway, Katrina Gorry, Emily van Egmond, Samantha Kerr

Yellow cards: Simon 45+1’

Red cards: Nil