Australia's Young Socceroos scored a 3-2 win over Macau in their second match of the qualifying series for the AFC Under-22 Championship.
The Australians took a three-goal lead after 13 minutes but had to withstand a late rally from Macua to take the points in Pekanbaru, Indonesia.
Riley Woodcock (second) and fellow midfielder Luke Anthony O'Dea (seventh and 13th) put Australia in control of the match.
Unfancied Macau pulled a goal back through De Jesus Morais Alves Vinicio in the 19th minute.
A late goal from Leong Ka Hang gave Paul Okon's Young Socceroos some anxious moments but they were able to hang on for their second win after they beat Indonesia 1-0 in the first match.
Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Paul Okon was happy with the result, but disappointed that his team conceded two goals after taking the earlier lead.
“It was obviously a good start scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes," Okon said.
"We found it difficult to break Macau down when from the outset as their only intention was to sit deep and defend.
“It was disappointing to concede two goals on the only two counter attacks that Macau had. This will serve as a valuable lesson moving forward and playing in Asia."
Australia line-up: 30.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 8.Jake BARKER-DAISH (11.Jesse MAKAROUNAS 46’), 13.Daniel PETKOVSKI, 17.Mitch COOPER, 19.Jason GERIA, 20.James DONACHIE (c), 21.Brandon O’NEILL (14.Anthony PROIA 79’), 23.Yianni PERKATIS, 39.David VRANKOVIC, 41.Riley WOODCOCK, 43.Luke O’DEA.
In the other matches Japan defeated Singapore 3-1 and Indonesia accounted for Timor Leste 2-0.
Japan and Australia lead Group E with six points each. Next up for the Young Socceroos is Singapore (10 July) before they face Timor Leste (12 July) and Japan (15 July).
The top two teams from Group E and the best third placed team of all groups (total 15) will then progress to the AFC U-22 Championship, to be played in January 2014.
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