Qantas Young Matildas Open New Zealand Series With
The Qantas Young Matildas have commenced their final preparations for next month’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship qualifying tournament with a convincing 3-1 win over New Zealand in Canberra this afternoon.
The Qantas Young Matildas have commenced their final preparations for next month-s FIFA U-20 Women-s World Championship qualifying tournament with a convincing 3-1 win over New Zealand in Canberra this afternoon.
Victorian-based midfielder Amy Jackson starred with two superbly-taken goals in the opening 12 minutes of the match that was played at the Australian Institute of Sport. The first was a well-placed 20 metre drive, and the second a lofted shot over the advancing goalkeeper.
Servet Uzunlar struck the post soon after as the home side dominated the majority of the first half.
The New Zealanders fresh from a 2-1 win over the NSW Institute on Monday rallied and struck the woodwork before scoring in the 70th minute following a goalmouth scramble.
However the result for the home team was rarely in doubt and Leena Khamis (pictured above) ensured victory when she executed a well-placed volley over the goalkeeper with 13 minutes remaining.
Collette McCallum captained the side in the absence of regular skipper Sally Shipard, who along with Kylie Ledbrook, was rested ahead of Friday-s second and final match against New Zealand at the AIS.
Australia will contest Group 2 of the preliminary qualifying tournament in early March against Singapore, Myanmar and host-nation Thailand. If successful the Qantas Young Matildas will then compete in the final stage of qualifying in Malaysia in April.
The 2006 FIFA U-20 Women-s World Championship will be played in Russia in September. Match Details
Australia 3 (Amy Jackson 2-/12-, Leena Khamis 77-) New Zealand 1 (70-)
Australian line-up: Lydia Williams, Danielle Brogan (Grace Gill 43-), Kim Carroll, Olivia Kennedy, Clare Polkinghorne, Amy Jackson (Briony Holcombe 87-), Elizabeth Kermode (Renee Cartwright 55-), Collette McCallum, Servet Uzunlar (Caitlin Cooper 38-), Sasha McDonnell (Leena Khamis 50-), Jenna Tristram (Vicki Balomenos 65-)
The squad for the New Zealand series is:
Goalkeepers Lydia Williams (ACT), Alison Logue (NNSW), Kate Stewart (QLD)
Defenders Clare Polkinghorne (QLD), Kim Carroll (QLD), Nicole Somi (ACT), Danielle Brogan (NSW), Grace Gill (ACT), Olivia Kennedy (NSW)
Midfielders Sally Shipard (NSW), Kylie Ledbrook (NSW), Collette McCallum (WA), Amy Jackson (VIC), Servet Uzunlar (NSW), Renee Cartwright (NSW), Caitlin Cooper (NSW), Elizabeth Kermode (NNSW), Briony Holcombe (NSW), Alannah Reed (QLD), Vicki Balomenos (SA)
Forwards Jenna Tristram (NNSW), Sasha McDonnell (QLD), Leena Khamis (NSW) Qantas Young Matildas v New Zealand - 3-1
Qantas Young Matildas v New Zealand Friday 17 February, 4pm, AIS