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Young Matildas record winning start to U20 Asian Cup campaign

MELBOURNE: Young Matildas have commenced their AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2024™ with a resilient 2-1 over Korea Republic in challenging conditions at Do’stlik Stadium, Tashkent.

After heading into the break 1-0 down, goals from midfielder Peta Trimis and vice captain Naomi Chinnama saw the Aussies claim a memorable victory in cold and snowy conditions in the Uzbek capital.

Australia’s goals in the second stanza were sparked by half time changes from Leah Blayney including Newcastle Jets’ speedster Lara Gooch. In the 73rd minute Gooch lifted a perfectly weighted ball over Korea’s midfield, falling neatly into the path of Trimis. The 17-year-old Central Coast Mariners’ midfielder made no mistake, calmly tucking away the equaliser.

The winner came as regulation time wound down with another substitute, Kahli Johnson (Western United), forcing a corner as the game approached stoppage time. Korea Republic were unable to clear with Gooch providing a composed pass to Melbourne City’s Chinnama. On the edge of the area, the defender hit the pass first time leathering it into the back of the net.

The CommBank Matildas will next face tournament hosts Uzbekistan on Wednesday, 6 March (10.00pm AEDT) with all the action live on 10 Play.

MATCH DETAILS

Korea Republic          1 (Jeon 25’)

Australia                     2 (Trimis 73’, Chinnama 90’)

Date: Sunday, 3 March 2024
Kick-off: 1.00pm (local) / 7.00pm AEDT
Venue: Do’stlik Stadium, Tashkent
Broadcast: 10 Play

AFC Player of the Match: Peta TRIMIS

Referee: Asaka Koizumi (Japan)
Assistant Referees: Supawan Hinthong (Thailand) & Xie Lijun (China PR)
Fourth Official: Dong Fangyu (China PR)

Australia Line Up: 1. Chloe LINCOLN (gk), 5. Jessika NASH (c), 7. Milly BOUGHTON (16. Claudia CICCO 45’), 10. Daniela GALIC (8. Alana MURPHY 75’), 13. Peta TRIMIS (6. Shay HOLLMAN 90+5’), 14. Zara KRUGER, 15. Alexia APOSTOLAKIS, 17. Maddie CASPERS (19. Lara GOOCH 45’), 20. Indiana DOS SANTOS (11. Kahli JOHNSON 80’), 21. Naomi CHINNAMA, 23. Sasha GROVE

Subs not used: 2. Tijan MCKENNA, 3. Tegan BERTOLISSIO, 4. Gemma FERRIS, 9. Jynaya DOS SANTOS, 12. Tahlia FRANCO (gk), 18. Grace WILSON (gk), 22. Georgia CASSIDY

Yellow card: Apostolakis 11’, Galic 59’

Red card: Nil

UPCOMING FIXTURES | AFC U-20 WOMEN’S ASIAN CUP UZBEKISTAN 2024

Australia v Uzbekistan
Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2024
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local) / 10.00pm AEDT
Venue: JAR Stadium, Tashkent
Broadcast: 10 Play

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