The Young Socceroos claimed a convincing win over Myanmar to remain perfect at the AFF Under-19 Championships on Wednesday night.
Against a Myanmar side that was content to sit deep and try and hit on the counter attack, Australia made the most of their opportunities to triumph 3-0.
Ufuk Talay’s side took the lead just after the quarter hour mark when George Timotheou’s long-range shot was parried by the keeper, with Dejan Pandurevic squeezing it home from close range.
It was 2-0 just 10 minutes later as a swift counter attack from the Young Socceroos ended with Lachlan Scott’s cross being swept in by Pandurevic for his second.
Needing to chase the game Myanmar applied more pressure after the break but Australia’s defence was rarely troubled and they continued to dominate possession and chances.
And they capped a dominant performance with a third goal inside the last 10 minutes as Scott was rewarded for his excellent display with a goal of his own.
“The boys played well even though the ground was a little hard for the short passes,” Young Socceroos boss Talay said afterwards.
“We improved into the second half although we should have been more clinical with the finishes.”
Other results in Group B saw Cambodia defeat Laos 3-0 while Thailand edged out Indonesia 3-2.
The Young Socceroos are currently on top of the group with six points alongside Thailand, ahead of their next match against winless Indonesia on Friday afternoon.
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