Joeys beaten by Malaysia at the AFF U-15 Championship

The Joeys have lost their first game at the 2019 AFF U-15 Championship in Chonburi, Thailand, going down 3-0 to Group B opponents Malaysia on Thursday night (AEST).

Trevor Morgan's side entered the clash top of Group B after strong wins over Cambodia (3-1) and Laos (3-0) but it wasn't to be for the young Australians at the IPE Chonburi Stadium 1 against a clinical Malaysia performance.

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Australia trailed from the 4th minute when Malaysian striker Muhammad Daniel Edzuan Bin Mod Anuar coolly slotted a penalty past 'keeper James Nieuwenhuizen after defender George Karvounis had handled in the box.

Morgan's side looked to muster a response and enjoyed some good build-up play in front of goal with forwards Francesco Pusateri and Daniel Helweh looking threatening, while Adrian Segecic showed his class in midfield.

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However, Malaysia would double their advantage via Muhammad Nabil Qayyum Bin Zainuddin, who fired past Nieuwenhuizen at the back post following a dangerous ball across the face of goal from by Adam Farhan Bin Mohd Faizal.

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Despite promises of an Australian rally in the second stanza, Malaysia added their third in the 70th minute when Muhammad Izrin Bin Ibrahim smartly tucked away a cutback after Nabil Qayyum's driving run. 

Next up for Australia is Thailand, on Saturday 3 August. Kick-off is 6.00pm local, 9.00pm AEST.

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