Sunday, 12 October 2008

Young Socceroos win ASEAN tournament

The team will now head to Saudi Arabia in November for the Asian Cup which acts as qualifiers for the Under 20 World Cup.

James Holland sealed the win in a penalty shoot-out. Take a look at the list of names and see who is already making an impact in the A-League..or not yet.

FFA report below.

Sunday 12 October 2008

The Qantas Young Socceroos have defeated the Korea Republic in a dramatic penalty shoot-out to win the ASEAN Football Federation U19 Championships in Thailand overnight.

Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was the hero for the Qantas Young Socceroos after making a number of fantastic saves during regulation time and three important saves during the penalty shoot-out.

The first half was an even affair with both teams creating chances but the goalkeepers at either end made a number of great saves. The Qantas Young Socceroos best chance came shortly after the half-hour mark when Mitch Nichols had his shot from inside the box well saved by the Korea Republic goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu.

Torrential rain started after half time and continued for the remainder of the match which severely restricted the number of scoring opportunities for either side.

With the score-line locked at 0-0 and due to the extreme weather, both teams and the tournament organisers agreed to determine the result by a penalty shoot-out without going to extra-time.

Nathan Elasi took the Qantas Young Socceroos first penalty, which was saved by Kim Seung-gyu. Andrew Redmayne then saved the Koreans first penalty from Lee Chang-ho. Sebastian Ryall netted the Qantas Young Socceroos second penalty and Redmayne backed up with another fine save from Park Jong-woo’s attempt. Jason Naidovski extended the lead when he netted and Redmayne again produced another fine save to deny Yang Jun-a 's shot. Tahj Minniecon had the opportunity to seal the result but missed his attempt and Kim Jae-min converted for Korea. Qantas Young Socceroos captain James Holland sealed the result when he converted his penalty to give his team a morale boosting victory in the lead-up to the AFC U19 Championships later this month.

Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Jan Versleijen was very happy with his team’s overall performance as he looks towards the next important tournament.

“Every game we improved, the players had a better understanding of the combinations creating chances. It was pleasing to win the tournament.

“Now we have to prepare for the qualifiers and I can see improvement that will give us confidence leading into the qualifiers,” concluded Versleijen.

Earlier in the evening, China defeated Thailand 3-0, In the play-off for third place.

The Qantas Young Socceroos will focus their attention to the AFC U19 Youth Championships which will be held in Saudi Arabia from the 31 October – 14 November 2008. The top four nations from the AFC U19 Youth Championships will qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup which will be held in Egypt from 10-31 July 2009.


Match Details:
ASEAN Football Federation U19 Championships - Final
Qantas Young Socceroos 0
Korea Republic 0
(Qantas Young Socceroos win 3-1 on penalties)
Saturday 11 October 2008
Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand

Qantas Young Socceroos line up: Andrew Redmayne (gk), Sebastian Ryall, Sam Munro (Nathan Elasi 68’), Matthew Jurman, Tahj Minniecon, James Holland (C), Milos Lujic (Jason Naidovski 75’), Mitch Nichols (James Brown 35’), Nikolas Tsattalios, Tom Oar, Ryan McGowan

Substitutes Not Used: Alex Cisak, Peter Cvetanovski, Milos Lujic, Andreas Govas, Luke De Vere, Andreas Govas, Dane Milovanovic, Scott Balderson.

Yellow Cards: Sam Munro 37’, Matthew Jurman 74’.

Red Cards: Nil


Qantas Young Socceroos Squad List
ASEAN Football Federation U-19 Championships
5 – 11 October 2008

Scott Balderson (Stevenage Borough, UK), James Brown (AIS), Alex Cisak (gk) (Leicester City, UK), Peter Cvetanovski (Borussia Monchenlabach, Germany), Luke De Vere (Queensland Roar), Nathan Elasi (Melbourne Victory), Andreas Govas (Apollon Kalamarias, Greece), James Holland (Newcastle Jets), Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC), Milos Lujic (Melbourne Victory), Ryan McGowan (Hearts FC, Scotland), Tahj Minniecon (Queensland Roar), Dane Milovanovic (AIS), Sam Munro (Sydney FC), Jason Naidovski (Newcastle Jets), Mitchell Nichols (Queensland Roar), Thomas Oar (Queensland Roar), Andrew Redmayne (gk) (Central Coast Mariners), Sebastian Ryall (Melbourne Victory) and Nikolas Tsattalios (Sydney FC).

ASEAN Football Federation U-19 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Official Match Schedule

1Sun 5 Oct 08Korea Republic 1:0 ThailandSupachalasai Stadium
2Sun 5 Oct 08Australia 3:1 China PRSupachalasai Stadium
3Tues 7 Oct 08Korea Republic 0:0 Australia Royal Thai Army Stadium
4Tues 7 Oct 08China PR 0:3 Thailand Royal Thai Army Stadium
5 Thurs 9 Oct 08China PR 0:1 Korea RepublicSupachalasai Stadium
6Thurs 9 Oct 08Thailand 1:2 Australia Supachalasai Stadium
7Sat 11 Oct 08Thailand 0:3 ChinaSupachalasai Stadium
8 (final)Sat 11 Oct 08Australia 0:0 Korea Republic
(Australia win 3-1 on penalties)Supachalasai Stadium

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