AFC Women's Asian Cup 2010: Group B

Matildas battle through to achieve
By Chris Dunkerley

5:00pm Friday, 21 May 2010
at Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu, China


Republic of Korea 1
(Kang Sun Mi 70')
lost to
Australia 3
(Kim Carroll 51', Lisa De Vanna 58', Sam Kerr 64')

(Kim Carroll breaks the deadlock - Photo Paul Lau

The Westfield Matildas won their second game of Group B in the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2010 against South Korea by 3 goals to two this afternoon at the Chengdu Sports Centre in China. In a scoreless first half the Australian's looked more dangerous and it not was unexpected when they scored first but it was a battle right to the end of stoppage time

South Korea had shown good form going into the tournament and stretched the host nation in the first game. Australia's starting line-up featured nine changes from the opening day win over Vietnam, including 16 year old Teigan Allen who had come on as a substitute. A revamped spine with Melissa Barbieri in goal, Collette McCallum, Heather Garriock, Lisa de Vanna, and Katie Gill brought World Cup experience, and the combative presence of 'polks', Clare Polkinghorne.

Korea wanted to put and keep the Matildas under early pressure, and won a series of corners, from one of which in the 2nd minute Kwon Hah Nul sent a glancing header just over.

One minute later Heather Garriock sent a message with her dangerous cross from the left along in front of the crossbar that cleared the keeper but alas ran away on the right

In the 22nd minute however a ball into the area was missed by Barbieri, scrambling back on the ground, and three defenders almost didn't clear it.

In the 26th minute De Vanna made one of her sizzling runs down the left, and sent to ball accross to young Teigan Allen her took off down the right. Her cross into the area was met by Garriock her somehow skewed it wide on the left.

Elise Kellond-Knight send an early ball into the danger zone from the left, finding Garrioch whose cross to Gill was headed wide.

Lisa De Vanna was causing blood pressures to rise in the Korean defence, but it was Kattie Gill who had the best chance of the half but blasted over.

Australia came out with conviction at the start of the second half and Korea's 'keeper Kim Jung-mi had to tip Elise Kellond-Knight's speculative shot over the crossbar six minutes after the restart.

From the resulting corner Kim Carroll ghosted in unmarked to bundle Heather Garriock's flighted delivery in at the back post. 0-1

Kwon Han-nul fired in a rasping shot from just outside the area, but Matildas goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri was called into action for the first time to push the low strike around the post.

The Matildas doubled their advantage as substitute Sarah Walsh superbly set Lisa De Vanna free and after her initial shot was blocked by Kim, the speedster followed up to fire into the unguarded net from a tight angle. 0-2

Australia's third arrived six minutes later as Korea failed to deal with a corner and Kerr pounced on the loose ball to blast home from inside the six yard area only seconds after replacing De Vanna. 0-3

The thrilling nature of the second half continued as Korea pulled a goal back with 19 minutes remaining when Kang Sun Mi's header looped over Melissa Barbieri. 1-3

Korea pressed in the closing stages, but the Matildas stifled any real chances.

"Korea put in a brave effort and came back strongly at the end and made it a tense and difficult game for us. But I was delighted with our effort," said Australia's coach Tom Sermanni. "I was not frustrated at half-time. We had to soak up a lot of pressure in the second half of the first half and I felt like we did it very well.

“We spoke at half-time that by doing that we felt like we had weathered the storm and we felt going into the second half, given that Korea had that tough game the other night against China, that we could come out in the second half a bit stronger and that certainly worked out.”

“The tactics we tried to put into the place the players followed perfectly,” added Sermanni. “We were fortunate to get three goals very quickly in the second half and that probably finished the game as it would have been difficult for Korea to come back from that.”

"Paul Lau asked a question of Sermanni in the 'presser' after the game, about the two youngest players in the squad. "Could you comment on Teigen Allen’s performance today? Also, what are the prospects of Samantha Kerr featuring in the starting 11?" Sermanni answered: "I thought Teigen was magnificent today, considering it was her first time in the starting eleven at international level, being such a critical game, I thought she more than held her own for the time she was on the field. As for Samantha Kerr, there’s a pretty good chance she could start in the next game. She’s a young, enthusiastic sixteen year old without any fear" (.. laugh from the audience).

Hosts China also moved within touching distance of the semi-finals of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2010 after easing to a 5-0 victory over Vietnam. The next Asian Cup game for the Matildas is against China at Chengdu Sports Centre on Sunday 23rd May, at 6pm AET (ABC 2).



5:00pm Friday, 21 May 2010
at Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu, China

Republic of Korea 1
(Kang Sun Mi 70')
lost to
Australia 3
(Kim Carroll 51', Lisa De Vanna 58', Sam Kerr 64')

    Crowd: 600

    MATCH STATS:

    SOUTH KOREA :
    Player listing:
    18. Kim Jung Mi (gk), 3.Yu Ji Eun, 6.Jeon GA Eul, 10.Ji SO Yun, 12.Choe Su Jin (15.Lee Jang Mi +59'), 13.Kim Do Yeon, 14.Kwon Hah Nul (7.Yoo Young A +78'), 20. Jung Hae In, 24. Cho So Hyun, 27. Kang Sun Mi, 28. Kim Soo Yun

    Substitutes not used: 1. Jun Min Kyung (rgk), 8. Kim Hui Yeong, 16. Lee Sea Eun, 19. Choi Sun Jin, 21. Kim Seu Ri, 22. Shin Sun Nam, 23. Shim Seo Yeon, 25. Lee Eun Mi, 26. Lim Seon Joo

    Coach: Lee Sang Yup (Korea)

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards: Nil

    AUSTRALIA :
    Player listing:
    1. Melissa BARBIERI (gk) (c), 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE, 5. Lauren COLTHORPE, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 7. Heather GARRIOCK, 11. Lisa DE VANNA (22. Sam KERR +63'), 12. Kate GILL, 14. Collette McCALLUM (15. Sally SHIPARD +78'), 16. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 23. Kim CARROLL, 31. Teigen ALLEN (9. Sarah WALSH +56')

    Substitutes not used: 18. Lydia WILLIAMS (rgk), 3. Karla REUTER, 10. Kylie LEDBROOK, 13. Thea SLATYER, 17. Kyah SIMON, 19. Leena KHAMIS, 24. Tameka BUTT, 27. Aivi LUIK, 25. Casey DUMONT (rgk)

    Coach: Tom Sermanni (Australia)

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Sachiko YAMAGISHI 7/10 (Japan)
    Assistant referees: Takahashi SAORI, Ayukai SHIHO (both Japan); Fourth official: Pannipar KAMNUENG (Thailand); Match Commissioner: LAU Ceuk Chi (Hong Kong); Referee Inspector: CHAN Yam Ming (Hong Kong)

    Best players: Australia - Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, Lauren COLTHORPE, Lisa DE VANNA

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    Match Report by Chris Dunkerley

Photo gallery:(All photos by Paul Lau for BOTN)







































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