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Older, wiser but not smart adequate

This match was a especially intriguing insight into the youth improvement of each Australia and North Korea, following the Junior Matildas’ three- drubbing at the hands of the PRK in the AFC U/16 Championship significantly less than a month ago.

In contrast to the Juniors, who had been completely outplayed across the complete pitch in September, the Young Matildas place up extra of a fight…at least at the starting.

In a lady-on-lady situation, we’re a strong match for North Korea, who it need to be remembered are a renowned powerhouse of the sport at this level.

Tactically, Leah Blayney’s squad presented a extra substantive method, at occasions. This is no specific shot at Rae Dower – the intelligence to place a method into location is, as you would count on, far extra created. But any cohesiveness was incredibly brief lived.

But comparable to the Juniors, we ran into familiar troubles. A lack of oversight defensively meant we had been far also simply entrapped in predictable overlapping runs out wide. Involving the 15th and 30th minutes, North Korea burst via our shellshocked defensive line in wide positions so usually, and with such repeatability, it really became a small tough to watch.

Then there was the eventual collapse. From two-1 down and a relatively steady, in some cases thrilling progressive method till the 74th minute, to a five-1 loss as the heavens each actually and metaphorically broke loose.

A poor finish to the match and a poor commence to the tournament.


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