Young Matildas seal top spot in group at AFF Championship

Australia Under-20 women's team have sealed top spot in Group B at the 2016 AFF Women's Championship, after fighting back to secure a 1-1 draw against Myanmar women's team at Mandalarthiri Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar on Sunday night (AEST).

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The result sees the Young Matildas edge out the two-time AFF Championship winners, Myanmar, on goal difference to top the group and set up a semi-final showdown with Thailand women's team on Tuesday.

Fresh off their record breaking 20-0 flogging of Timor-Leste on Friday, the Young Matildas, who hadn't conceded during the first two matches, would have fancied their chances of another victory.

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But they were forced to come from behind with Cortnee Vine's 77th minute searching cross-cum-shot helped in by the Myanmar goalkeeper - in a moment she would rather forget.

Tournament hosts, Myanmar - who had scored 19 goals in their opening two outings - proved stiff competition throughout the contest and had a goal disallowed in the 38th minute in controversial circumstances.

Young Matildas goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman was adjudged to have been fouled, as she attempted to shut down an oncoming Myanmar attacker - much to the dismay of the home supporters.

But just three minutes later, Myanmar took the lead through Khin Moe Wai, who produced a sublime long-distance strike, which evaded Mathyssen-Whyman.

The Young Matildas continued to surge forward throughout the second-half though, in search of their equaliser, and eventually their patience paid off.


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Published 31 July 2016 at 6:28pm
By Patrick Nugent