Trinidad & Tobago 0 - Australia 1

Australia has secured its first victory of the FIFA Under-17 World Championships, with a 1-0 victory over host nation Trinidad and Tobago earlier today.

A free kick by striker FRED AGIUS from 30 yards out proved to be the only score of the game and keeps Australia's chances of progressing to the next round alive.

His strike in the 55th minute was curled over the wall and into the top right hand corner, giving the Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Phillips no chance.

In front of a capacity crowd of 25,000, the home nation threw everything at the Australian defence from then on and Nathan Coe again played a decisive role, with two terrific saves.

"We played well today, and we dominated from the start," said coach ANGE POSTECOGLOU from Port of Spain earlier.

"We easily could have won by three or four goalsŠ there were a few chances that we didnšt put away, and that was the only concern.

"The heat had an impact on both teams, in the second half in particular, but the boys adjusted well and finished strongly.

"Pedgešs (Bojic) foot and Alex Wilkinson with the flu both pulled up a little worse for wear, and are feeling the side effects of playing the full game, but they should all be okay.

"We now have three days to rest and wešll concentrate on recovery, and working the boys in the pool," he said.

Australia will play Croatia on Thursday morning (AEST), the LG Joeys only needing a draw to advance to the next round.

"Itšs important we continue to gain confidence and play as well as we have beenŠ wešll aim for a win, but we know that a draw will be enough to get us through to the next round." Postecoglou concluded.

Agius, who tormented Trinidad & Tobago throughout the match especially from set pieces, was named the JVC Player of the Match.

written by Soccer Australia