Equal 3rd for Australia at 7's tournament
The Qantas Young Socceroos (1991 age group) has finished the IP Global International 7’s in equal 3rd place with Aston Villa, after losing a tense semi final game against eventual tournament winners Celtic.
The Qantas Young Socceroos (1991 age group) has finished the IP Global International 7-s in equal 3rd place with Aston Villa, after losing a tense semi final game against eventual tournament winners Celtic.
Having negotiated the group matches with no problems, the Under 18 Australian side, coached by former Qantas Socceroo captain Paul Okon, faced a match up with local Hong Kong Premier League side Tuan Mun ProGoal.
Goals from captain Daniel Bowles and Thomas Taylor saw Australia win 2-0 and advanced to a clash with Celtic, whom had also won all three of their group games and then secured an easy 3-1 win in their quarter final against Citizen FC.
In a closely fought game, Celtic-s winning goal game from a penalty kick just after half time and despite a storming finish by Australia, who created a number of good opportunities, the Scottish side were able to hang on for the narrow victory.
Celtic eventually beat their Scottish arch rival Glasgow Rangers in the final, 1-0.
Okon was pleased with how the boys played, especially given they have had little time to work as a team, compared with their big name club rivals, who had just finished their season and were a mixture of 18 and 19 year old-s.
The tournament was used as part of the preparations for the AFF U19 Championships that are being held in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in August.
Fan diary: Treasuring the FIFA World Cup’s™ endearing underdogs
Being on the ground in Russia and moving among the eclectic mix of supporters and locals provides plenty of lessons about the natural order of world football. One, as a lively Sunday night at the official Fan Fest in Kazan demonstrated, is that Brazil remains beloved despite r
Opponent Watch: Denmark coach's insight into van Marwijk
Denmark’s assistant coach has some unique insights into the Socceroos after working under Bert van Marwijk as one dedicated Peru fan goes to extraordinary lengths to attend the FIFA World Cup™. Plus France’s coach speaks about Antoine Griezmann’s influence on the team as he lo
How Arzani is embracing FIFA World Cup™ challenge
At just 19, Daniel Arzani is the youngest player at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Having already enjoyed a breakout Hyundai A-League season, earned individual honours with the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award and earning a spot in Russia, the youngest member of the Socceroos
France defeat has bolstered belief: Sainsbury
The Socceroos may have been ousted by France on Saturday night, but defender Trent Sainsbury says the 2-1 defeat against Les Bleus has only fortified belief among the Australian squad. Australia's vice captain was immense at the back for Bert van Marwijk's side in their Group