Yesterday the Westfield Matildas began their final preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany and secured a superb 3-0 win over New Zealand in their first of two international friendly matches in Australia. This game being played behind closed doors.
Coach Tom Sermanni fielded a fairly inexperienced side against the Football Ferns in this first meeting of the two sides. The second game will be played on Sunday and will be televised.
Sixteen year old Caitlin Foord made her debut along with Catherine Cannuli and made the perfect start scoring in the 10th minute and becoming one of the youngest ever scorers for the Matildas.
At 1-0 the game was far from Australia’s and with an experienced bench Tom Sermanni injected some of that knowledge, although still young in terms of age, and it had the desired result.
Five minutes after her arrival Kyah Simon’s scored what we have heard was an absolute screamer. Her long range effort from 30 yards into the top corner giving the Matildas a two goal cushion.
The Matildas struck the post twice through Sam Kerr and Leena Khamis before the latter sealed the game with a goal six minutes from the final whistle.
This result with so many youngsters on the park is a great sign following the recent news that AFC women’s Player of the Year Kate Gill will miss the World Cup due to a knee injury. As one of the key strikers the fact that goals still came is very positive.
A clean sheet will also please Tom Sermanni and Lydia Williams as most team’s success is built on a strong defence.
When you look at the bench and the players not used this is a very good result for the team. Melissa Barbieri, Collette McCallum, Sally Shipard, Elise Kellond – Knight, Tameka Butt and Casey Dumont all not being used.
One interesting fact, the Westfield Matildas have now beaten the Football Ferns 3-0 in their past three meetings.