Joeys into AFF U16 final after shootout win over Thailand

Australia Under-16 have reached the ASEAN Football Federation Championship final, claiming a dramatic 5-3 penalty shootout triumph over Thailand Under-16, after the scores were locked at 3-3 at full-time on Thursday night (AEST) at Cambodia's Phnom Penh National Olympic Stadium.

Joeys

Source: FFA COE Twitter

The Joeys were on the brink of elimination, trailing 3-2 in the first minute of injury-time, before captain John Roberts's 91st minute goal forced the semi-final straight to a shootout.



Advertisement
Louis D'Arrigo opened the scoring for Australia Under-16 in the 28th minute before Thailand Under-16 evened the ledger in the third minute of first-half injury-time.

Thailand Under-16 went ahead 2-1 in the 47th minute, before Roberts headed home a powerful equaliser off a swinging D'Arrigo corner.

But the Joeys again found themselves having to fight back - after turning the ball over to the Thailand Under-16, who capitalised on the mistake and went ahead with 28 minutes to play.

Facing an early exit it was Roberts, after bagging a hat-trick in their last-up win, who proved the hero.

Tony Vidmar's side then held their nerve the better of the two sides in a dramatic shootout, with Bryce Bafford firing home the winning penalty to spark wild celebrations.

The Joeys will face Vietnam Under-16, who they lost 3-0 to during the group stage, in Saturday night's (AEST) final.




Share
Watch the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Dakar Rally, World Athletics / ISU Championships (and more) via SBS On Demand – your free live streaming and catch-up service.
Have a story or comment? Contact Us

Watch the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Dakar Rally, World Athletics / ISU Championships (and more) via SBS On Demand – your free live streaming and catch-up service.
Watch nowOn Demand
Follow SBS Sport
1 min read
Published 21 July 2016 at 9:05pm
Source: SBS