AFF Women's Championship: Westfield Young Matildas maintain perfect record

The Westfield Young Matildas have continued their flawless start to the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship in Indonesia overnight, defeating Cambodia 12-0.

Having previously dispatched Malaysia and Timor Leste, Australia's third Group A match followed a similar dominant pattern for Leah Blayney's side, who proved far too strong for their Cambodian opponents at the Jakabaring Stadium. 

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The big win for the Westfield Young Matildas all but seals a semi-final spot and means the side sit top of Group A after gaining nine points and netting 28 goals in three matches.

They'll take on Thailand tomorrow night (10pm AEST) in a group decider, with last year's defending champions only trailing Australia by a single goal's difference.

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Blayney's side will enter that clash with confidence soaring after another superb collective display against Cambodia.

Mary Fowler grabbed five goals in a comprehensive opening half display. The forward clinched a treble inside 20 minutes and added a further two by the 31st minute, while there were also first half goals from Bethany Gordon, MelindaJ Barbieri and Holly McNamara.

Princess Ibini and Tori Tumeth were introduced in the second stanza, as Cambodia attempted to steady the ship.

It resulted in a drop of intensity as Australia firmly remained in control, but the goals would continue to flow late in the half.

Ibini got in on the action with a great strike from distance, Barbieri sealed her hat trick late in the day, finishing off an excellent team move with a perfectly timed run to the back post.

There was also late goal Alex Chidiac, who tucked away a Australia's 12th from a rebound.

“Happy to see both our 15 year old players, Mary Fowler and Holly McNamara, on the scoreboard last night” said Head Coach Leah Blayney.

“Overall our squad is travelling well and we look forward to embracing the challenge that lay ahead with respects to our match against defending AFF Champions Thailand”

All eyes will now turn toward tomorrow night's pivotal clash with Thailand as the two sides vie for top spot in Group A.

In the other Group A game, Thailand defeated Malaysia 8-0.

Westfield Young Matildas 12 (Fowler 10', 12', 18', 25', 31', Gordon 13', McNamara 29', Barbieri 44', 57', 87', Ibini 69', Chidiac 90+2')

Cambodia 0

Friday, 6 July 2018, Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia

Westfield Young Matildas XI: 12. Annalee Sarah Grove, 2. Emily Grace Hodgson, 3. Rasamee Phonsongkham, 5. Rachel Lowe, 11. Kaitlyn Torpey, 13. Angelique Hristodoulou, 14. MelindaJ Barbieri, 16. Mary Fowler, 17. Bethany Gordon, 22. Larissa Crummer (C), 23. Holly McNamara

Substitutes: 1. Jada Mathyssen, 18. Morgan Aquino, 4. Tory Tumeth, 6. Amy Sayer, 7. Princess Ibini, 8. Emily Condon, 9. Cortnee Vine, 10. Alexandra Chidiac, 15. Taylor Ray, 19. Karly Roestbakken, 20. Kyra Cooney-Cross, 21. Courtney Nevin


Thailand v Westfield Young Matildas
Date: Sunday, 8 July 2018
Venue: Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEST)

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