Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Young Socceroos complete tour of Japan

Sam Munro and Dane Milovanovic featured in the Young Socceroos squad in the SBS tournament in Japan. Results below.

The Qantas Young Socceroos have been defeated by Argentina 0-2 in their final match of the Shizuoka Broadcasting System (SBS) Cup in Japan.

After a scoreless first half, Argentina scored midway through the second half with a well worked goal before sealing the result with a goal from the penalty spot just before full-time.

Earlier in the tournament, the Qantas Young Socceroos went down to Japan in a penalty shoot-out (4-5) on Saturday, but defeated Shizuoka Province 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of a goal from Newcastle Jets striker Jason Naidovski late in the second half.

Speaking after the match, Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Jan Verslaijen was pleased with the performance of his players in their first competitive tournament under his care.

"This was a very good tournament for us to participate in against some very good, high class opposition in particular Argentina.

"It was a good test and we found that we can compete with these teams to a certain level, especially in terms of defence and organisation, but we need to do more work on playing with the ball.

"This international experience will be of great benefit to us as we head towards the AFC Championships," concluded Verslaijen.
The Qantas Young Socceroos will now return to Australia to prepare for the AFC Under 19 Championships which will be held in Saudi Arabia in October.


Shizuoka Broadcasting System (SBS) Cup
Location: Shizuoka City, Japan
The SBS Cup is one of the oldest international youth football tournaments having been held since 1977 .
This year's tournament saw Under 19 representative teams from Japan, Argentina, Australia, and Shizuoka youth.

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Saturday 23 August:
Australia 0 Japan 0 (Japan win 5-4 on penalties) @ Ashitaka Stadium
Argentina 4 Shizuoka Province 0 @ Ashitaka Stadium

Sunday 24 August:
Australia 1 (Jason Naidovski 70') Shizuoka Province 0 @ Nihonndaira Stadium
Argentina 3 Japan 2 @ Nihonndaira Stadium

Tuesday 26 August:
Australia 0 Argentina 2 @ Ecopa Stadium

Japan 3 Shizuoka Province 2 @ Ecopa Stadium

Qantas Young Socceroos Squad for SBS Cup
Andrew Redmayne (gk) (Central Coast Mariners), Sebastian Ryall (Melbourne Victory), Nathan Elasi (Melbourne Victory), Luke De Vere (Queensland Roar), Mitchell Nichols (Queensland Roar), Tahj Minniecon (Queensland Roar), Jason Hoffman (Newcastle Jets), Jason Naidovski (Newcastle Jets), Daniel Mullen (Adelaide United), Milos Lujic (Oakleigh -VIC Premier League), Stefan Vrbesic (Las Palmas, SPAIN), Sam Munro (AIS), Matthew Jurman (Sydney Olympic - NSW Premier League), Thomas Oar (Queensland Roar), Mark Birighitti (gk) (Adelaide United), Nik Tsattalios (Sydney FC), Dane Milanovic (AIS), Daniel Thomas (AIS).
Head Coach: Jan Verslaijen

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