Monday, October 19, 2009

Australian girls win first ever ASEAN under-16 girls final!

So the girls took on Thailand in the final of the ASEAN under-16 girls final in Myanmar, and though it's not up on the FFA website yet, you can read all about it here on the ASEAN website.
Australia ended up winning 8-0, but the scoreline doesn't reflect that it was pretty close. Up until the 67th minute, it was 2-0, but Sam Kerr then scored and it seemingly opened up the floodgates.
Heidi Makrillos (75th), Kerr (83rd minute), Teigen Allen (88th), Caitlin Foord (90th) and Emily van Egmond (90th), finished off the scoring in a flurry. Well done Australia!
The girls will now fly back to Australia and spend about a week at home before heading to the AFC under-16 titles at the end of this month. The ASEAN titles were a warm-up for these, which also double as the qualifiers for the under-17 FIFA women's World Cup.
Hopefully most of them will play for their Westfield W-League teams this weekend.
*Update, report from FFA is now out.
Thailand played strongly in the first half, only conceding one goal but tired during the second allowing the Australians to finish well from some good attacking play. The Australian team dominated possession in the first half with Thailand defending with discipline.
They dropped deep with 10 players behind the ball making it difficult for the Australian team to find away through.  However the deadlock was broken in the 30th minute with Brittany Whitfield, who completed the tournament with a goal in every game, once again on the spot to finish from a Sharni Brown cross from the left. In the last two minutes before half time, Thailand won the ball in midfield and turned the Australian defence around with a through ball but Ashlee Faul managed to chase down her opponent and her sliding tackle forced a corner. Australia defended strongly and went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
The start of the second half was similar to the first, with Australia continuing to dominate possession against the disciplined Thailand defence.
Australia’s pressing game caused a turnover in the final third for Whitfield to slip a pass through to Caitlin Foord to score in the 59th minute. Sam Kerr then subbed on in the 60th minute and the goal flurry came from there. Heidi Makrillos and Brittany Whitfield scored one a piece to equal Caitlin Friend as top scorers for the tournament with 7.
 “I am very pleased with the team performance tonight and through the tournament. I thought Thailand was in the match for the first half, but we controlled the match well and scored some good goals,” said Coach Robbie Hooker.  “I still think there are some things we need to work on including finishing, but it was a good result and valuable experience heading into the AFC Championships.”
Match details
Australia 8 (Brittany Whitfield 30’, Caitlin Foord 59’/90’, Sam Kerr 67’/82’, Heidi Makrillos 75’, Teigen Allen 88’, Emily Van Egmond 90’+2) bt Thailand 0
AFF U16 Championships, Myanmar
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Local kick-off: 6.00pm (10.30pm AEDT)
Youth Training Centre, Yangon
Australia Line-up: Brianna DAVEY (GK), Ashlee FAUL, Rebekah STOTT (c), Erika ELZE, Stephanie CATLEY (Hannah BREWER 69’), Emily VAN EGMOND, Alanna KENNEDY, Teigen ALLEN, Brittany WHITFIELD (Heidi MAKRILLOS 75’), Caitlin FOORD, Sharni BROWN (Sam KERR 60’).
Substitutes not used: Amy HIGGINS(GK), Alexandra HUYNH, Ruth WALLACE, Caitlin FRIEND, Tara ANDREWS.
Unavailable: Nicola BOLGER

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