Written by the Football Federation Australia
The Australian Women's U19 Team (the Qantas Young Matildas) commenced their final preparations for the FIFA U19 Women's World Championship with a 10-0 goal fest against the Singapore senior national team last night in Singapore.
Singapore, a developing nation on the international arena, was outclassed by the Australians from start to finish and if not for the heroics of their goalkeeper and the help of the woodwork, the score would have been even greater. The goals were shared around by the visitors, with a total of seven players finding the back of the net.
The Qantas Young Matildas had the home side immediately on the back foot when a Collette McCallum cross was finished by Leena Khamis from the edge of the six-yard box inside two minutes. The lead was doubled in the 9th minute, a quick break putting Khamis one-on-one with the keeper but her rebounded shot was put away by Selin Kuralay (pictured above).
Two minutes later, a long switching ball from Sally Shipard put Kuralay in behind the defence who beat the keeper and slotted home. Midway through the half, a Catherine Cannuli cross was headed back into the danger area by Kuralay where the goalkeeper just got the ball away but only as far as Holcombe who scored her first international goal.
Goal number five was a neat combination, Khamis provided the ball by McCallum up the left flank before cutting inside and laying off for McCallum to convert.
The second half continued in exactly the same vein with the Qantas Young Matildas constantly on the attack. Within a minute from the restart, Kim Carroll celebrated her first international goal with a well-executed header at the near post to steer home McCallum's corner kick. Two minutes later, Cannuli headed a Shipard free kick back into the path of Khamis to score from in front.
In the 57th minute, the score went to 8-0 when Shipard picked out Cannuli on the run who beat the keeper and scored. Alannah Reed then worked the ball up the flank and cut back to McCallum who struck from 15 metres on the left. The Australians reached double figures in the 78th minute when Jenna Tristram drew the keeper before laying an unselfish pass to Reed to tap into an open goal.
The Qantas Young Matildas now travel to the Thai city of Chiang Mai today where they play Italy U19s on 5 November, their final international match before the commencement of the FIFA U19 Women's World Championship five days later.