The Australian Under-20 team and Thailand made the cut for the semi-finals of the AFF Women’s Championship following wins in their respective final Group A matches that was played today at the Thong Nhat Stadium.
Australia overcame Indonesia 7-0 while Thailand broke Laos with a 12-0 beating.
While the Indonesian girls tried hard to protect their goal line, it was not going to be an easy outing as Australia threw everything they had in search of the goal.
And it took them just ten minutes before they prised open the cagey Indonesian defence with a thunderous shot from Jordan Baker that came off the underside of the crossbar.
Indonesia then regrouped and worked hard to break the Australian attack and even at one point managed to go forward but Erma Karafir just lacked the pace to be effective.
In the 26th minute, Princess Ibini-Isei fired in from a tight angle as Baker then grabbed her second of the evening three minutes later.
The first half ended 5-0 to Australia’s advantage with Emily Condon (32nd minute) and Alexandra Chidiac (43rd) making the score sheet.
The game went down a notch in the second half as Australia added only two more goals through captain Olivia Price (56th) and Condon (60th).
Australia’s opponent in the semi-finals will only be known tomorrow after the end of the Group B matches.
IN THE MEANTIME, Thailand made the semi-finals of the meet when they overwhelmed Laos 12-0.
It was the second time in two matches that Thailand have scored at least ten goals following their 10-1 defeat of Indonesia two days earlier.
And the performance against Laos and Indonesia was a far cry from their opening loss to the Australian Under-20 squad on 1 May.
“I did not expect to win by such a margin,” said Thai coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian. “I thought that we would win of course but by just two or three goals.”
Thailand’s goals were scored by Alisa Rukpinij (8th, 28th, 41st, 65th and 74th minute), Nisa Romyen (11th, 15th and 29th), Orathai Srimanee (70th and 79th), Taneekarn Dangda (78th) and Wilaiporn Boothduang (34th).
RESULTS – 5 May 2015
Laos 0 Thailand 12
Australia U20 7 Indonesia 0
GROUP A Final Standings
* Teams in bold make semi-finals