Matildas second win over China
By Chris Dunkerley:
Women’s International Friendly
7pm, Wednesday 27 November, 2013 – Parramatta Stadium
(Lisa De Vanna 30’, Emily van Egmond 57‘)
(Li Ying 73‘ pen.)
Australia’s senior women’s football team, the Matildas, has won the two-game friendly series against China with a solid 2-1 win at Parramatta Stadium on Wednesday evening.
With an enthusiastic mid-week family crowd backing them the Australian’s dominated the early stages of the game, with some good possession football but little penetration.
An early opportunity came at 14 minutes when in a collision with Emily van Egmond, Zhang Rui collapsed to the turf but after initial confusion by both teams it was play on. van Egmond took the ball up the right, and a cross found a team-mate but Heyman’s header under pressure went wide.
In the 26th minute China’s Wang Lisi, wide on the right, smartly cut back the ball to an unmarked Xu Yanlu but she was unable to control for a shot.
The first corner of the game came in the 30th minute, for the Matildas. Katrina Gorry found Kim Carroll, who could only head the ball upward, but Lisa De Vanna was on hand to nod the ball past the Chinese ‘keeper. 1-0
Substitute Li Ying caused concern in the 49th minute when she got her head to a cross from the left but it caused Matilda’s ‘keeper Lydia Williams no drama.
The Australians extended their lead in the 57th minute when Michelle Heyman sent a forceful diagonal pass into the area, where Emily van Egmond was on hand to beat the defender and slot it in. 2-0
The visitors, buoyed by 5 substitutions dragged one back when Li Ying hit her 73rd minute penalty to the right of Williams after Clare Polkinghorne was judged to have moved hand to ball in the area. 2-1
Despite renewed pressure by China, it was van Egmond who hit the only real chance of the remainder of play, sending her shot wide from 30m 3 minutes before the end of regular time.
Despite the result Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus was unhappy with her side’s performance which was not as cohesive as Sunday’s showing.
“We didn’t play well but we won,” said de Reus. “The positive for me is that we still won a poor game. The first game was really good, but we didn’t reach that level. I thought we had some poor defending and poor passing but despite that winning is a positive”.
Looking forward she said, “Now we can go into the W-League season, so we look for the players to gain some consistency, and then we have a string of games from February until May”.
“We still have a lot of players out (injured). I think we are still on track for the Asian Women’s Cup,” she added.
The Matildas won 2-0 against China Wollongong at the weekend in the two-game friendly series. These matches were part of Australia’s lengthy build-up towards the May 2014 AFC Asian Women’s Cup in Vietnam, which doubles as qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
Crowd: 1,657 (looked like much more)
Player listing: 18. Lydia Williams (gk); 16. Steph Catley, 3. Kim Carroll, 4. Clare Polkinghorne, 5. Laura Alleway; 13. Tameka Butt (9. Haley Raso +84’), 8. Elise Kellond-Knight, 19. Katrina Gorry (7. Collette McCallum +33’); 11. Lisa De Vanna, 10. Emily van Egmond, 23. Michelle Heyman (14. Ashleigh Sykes +77’)
Substitutes not used: 21. Eliza Campbell (rgk), 2. Emma Checker, 12. Vedrana Popovic, 15. Amy Chapman, 22. Nicole Sykes.
Coach: Hesterine de Reus
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Squad:12. Wang Fei (gk); 3. Wang Lingling; 5. Wu Haiyan; 6. Huang Yini; 7. Xu Yanlu, 9. Lou Jiahui, 11. Pu Wei; 19. Li Xianglin, 10. Li Ying, 20. Yang Li, 15. Wang Shuang, 21. Wang Lisi, 27. Zhang Xin, 23. Wang Shanshan; 25. Zhang Rui,16. Wang Chen, 1. Zhang Yue (gk); 4. Li Jiayue; 8. Liu Shanshan; 13. Gao Qi; 18. Han Peng; 34. Xue Jiao.
5 Substitutes used: 21 for 13 at 38′, 10 for 20 at 40′, 6 for 23 at 74′, 4 for 25 at 78′
Coach: Li Xiaopeng
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Fusako Kajiyama 8/10
Assistant referees: Sarah Ho, Nami Sato; Fourth official: Tanya de Boer
Pitch rating: 8/10
Game rating: 7/10
by Chris Dunkerley