The Young Socceroos have defeated the Korea Republic in a dramatic penalty shoot-out to win the ASEAN Football Federation U19 Championships in Thailand overnight.
Tahj Minniecon had the opportunity to seal the result but missed his attempt and Kim Jae-min converted for Korea. 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.
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 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.
ASEAN Football Federation U19 Championships - Final
Young Socceroos 0
Korea Republic 0
(Young Socceroos win 3-1 on penalties)
Saturday 11 October 2008
Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
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