Joeys continue impressive tour of Italy

The Joeys have drawn with AC Milan overnight with the rossineri youth team pegging back the Aussies to draw 2-2.

The Joeys have drawn with AC Milan overnight with the rossineri youth team pegging back the Aussies to draw 2-2.

The Joeys went 2-0 up before the home side dragged the contest back with two goals in the second half.

Tony Vidmar-s side took a lead in just the fourth minute when Charlie Devereux popped up to net after good lead up play from Daniel Maskin.

Devereux then blotted his copybook 25 minutes later conceding a penalty but the spot kick was blasted high and wide by AC.

But Maskin made it two for the visitor after intercepting a ball, beating his man 30m out and hammering home into the bottom right hand corner.

The Aussies went into the break in command at 2-0.

But on the hour mark a turnover was capitalised on by AC and a resultant long range strike flew past keeper Duro Dragicevic in the Aussie goal.

And 10 minutes later, AC coolly made it 2-2 after a switch pass caught the Australians off guard.

On Friday Italian time the Australian squad plays its last game against Varese.

In previous results on the tour, Inter Milan defeated the Aussies 1-0. The Aussies also drew 0-0 with Parma

This squad is the inaugural intake of 24 scholars for the new FFA Centre of Excellence which will be based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.

Previously the AIS Men-s Football Program was a jointly managed between the AIS and FFA.

Following a restructure, this year the program is now funded by the Australian Sports Commissions- Winning Edge Strategy and completely administered by FFA. The FFA appointed Technical and Coaching staff are also responsible for the selection of the players for the program.

Head coach of the Joeys Tony Vidmar, who is the senior coach of the FFA Centre of Excellence, is looking forward to prepare these players to compete internationally.

“Everything we do will be geared towards best preparing this group of players to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup via the AFC U-16 Championship,” said Vidmar

“This will be done on and off the field and through regular competitive matches and international tours.

“The better we prepare these players, the better prepared they will be to represent Australia.”

The Aussie starting line-up against AC was: Dragicevic(gk), Ward, Fotakopoulos, Monahan-Vaiika, Ward, Kim, Devereux, Dimitroff(c), Kekeris, Maskin, Joice.

The bench: Rowles, Panetta, Caletti, Arzani, Reiners, Bandiera, Waters, Davies, D'Agostino, Verbi, Delianov, Petratos.

The FFA Centre of Excellence squad is as follows:

Name Member Federation Daniel ARZANI NSW Jackson BANDIERA NSW Joe CALETTI NSW Nicholas D'AGOSTINO QLD Henry DAVIES NSW James DELIANOV VIC Charlie DEVEREUX SA Jamie DIMITROFF QLD Duro DRAGICEVIC QLD Perry FOTAKOPOULOS NSW Cameron JOICE NNSW Peter KEKERIS NSW Danny KIM QLD Daniel MASKIN NSW Solomon MONAHAN-VAIIKA NSW Brandon OSIPOV VIC Nicholas PANETTA QLD Kosta PETRATOS NSW Jamal REINERS WA Kye ROWLES QLD Zac SPETH NSW Christian VERBI SA Malcolm WARD NSW Zak WATERS SA

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