Written by the The AFC
BANGKOK: Defending champions DPR Korea set up an AFC U-16 Women’s Championship final showdown with their southern neighbours after coming from behind three-times to defeat Australia 4-3 on Thursday.
Kim Yun-mi was the heroine for the North Koreans when she netted the 85th minute winner after Australia had taken the lead on three separate occasions.
Australia went into the last-four match at the Supachalasai Stadium as the tournament’s in-form team, having defeated China (4-0), Chinese Taipei (7-0) and Japan (3-1) to emerge from the group stage as the only team with a 100% record.
And they made the perfect start against the North Koreans with Brittany Whitfield putting the Aussies one up with just eight minutes on the clock.
Kim Kum-jong equalised ten minutes later with the first of her two goals only for Caitlin Foord to restore Australia’s advantage after another ten minutes had elapsed.
But for the second time in the match, DPR Korea were to restore parity as Pong Son-hwa ensured the teams went into the break on an even keel, scoring her second of the tournament with eight minutes of the first-half left to play.
Australia once again took the lead through a 64th minute Emily Van Egmond effort but after Kim Kum-jong levelled the contest in the 77th minute with her seven of the campaign, Kim Yun-mi ensured her side will be defending their title in Sunday’s final, with the winning goal coming five minutes from extra-time.
DPR Korea will take on Korea Republic in the tournament finale, which kicks-off at 1900 local time, while Australia will battle Japan in the third-place play-off three hours earlier to determine who joins the eventual champions and runners-up as Asia’s third representative at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, scheduled to take place in Trinidad and Tobago next September.