Van Egmond delighted with committed Westfield Young Matildas

Gary van Egmond hailed the "first class" attitude of his Westfield Young Matildas side after storming through the final 2019 AFC U-19 Women's Championship qualification phase.

Convincing victories over Nepal, Myanmar and Uzbekistan in the space of five busy days confirmed Australia's place at this year's tournament in Thailand.

The Westfield Young Matildas had to battle through challenging conditions in Myanmar to reach the main stage and did so in accomplished fashion, notching 18 goals as they topped Group A.

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"The attitude of the girls has been spot on," Van Egmond said.

"It's been quite a difficult place to come to – very, very warm – but their commitment to their football, their commitment to the way in which we've tried to play and what we've asked them to do as a coaching staff has been implemented to the best of their ability.

Their attitude has been first class."

The AFC U-19 Women's Championship serves a crucial double purpose as the region's qualifying event for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Just three teams will advance to the showpiece event, the two finalists and the winner of a third-place playoff.

Gary van Egmond
Gary van Egmond

But with around six months still to prepare for the trip to Thailand, Van Egmond is eager for the squad to focus squarely on hitting full stride.

"I'm pleased with the fact that we've qualified, but we still have more to do in terms of our performance and ensuring that we keep our style of play and playing principles," he said.

"But it was fantastic for so many of the girls to get international exposure."

Lead image: Myanmar Football Federation