Young Socceroos find form in Hong Kong

Australia's U-20 squad wrapped up its preparations for the AFF U-19 Tournament with a 3-0 win over a combined Hong Kong U-21/U-19 National Team.

The Young Socceroos had a 34th minute effort from Connor Chapman ruled out for off-side before the opener arrived six minutes later

Ryan Edwards and Jason Geria provided the lead-up play for Adam Taggart to tap in from close range.

Riley Woodcock doubled the lead two minutes into the second half when his left footed shot beat the goalkeeper on its way into the top right corner.

The scoring was completed in the 84th minute when Jesse Makarounas smashed home a right footed shot from inside the box.

"I was very happy with the performance after just being back together for two days," Young Socceroos coach Paul Okon said.

"We played some good football and scored some nice goals and created some further opportunities.

"The Hong Kong team provided a very worthwhile opponent and challenged us during the match.

"I would like to thank the Hong Kong FA and Ernie Merrick for the match and their support during the few days we were here in Hong Kong.

"We now start to prepare ourselves further for the tournament in Vietnam starting on Sunday and are now more aware of the conditions that we will face during those matches."

Young Socceroos line-up: Nick Munro (gk) ((Paul Izzo (gk) 46’), Jason Geria (Hayden Morton 46’), Connor Chapman (David Vrankovic 46’), Daniel Petkovski (Connor Chapman 65’), Corey Brown (Ben Garuccio 65’), Reece Caira (Hagi Gligor 46’), Ryan Edwards (Mitch Cooper 46’), Terry Antonis (c) (Brandon O’Neill 46’), Adam Taggart (Luke O’Dea 46’), Jake Barker-Daish (Jesse Makarounas 46’), Ben Garuccio (Riley Woodcock 46’).

Source: SBS