Matildas 1998 Matches

Matildas Internationals for 1998

Written by Thomas Esamie .


Australia went to North Korea for a 3 match series to prepare for the Oceania qualifiers to determine the Oceania entrant to the 1999 World Cup to be played in the USA. This was a Friendly match.
Played : 29 August Venue : National Stadium, Pyongyang
North Korea
lineup unknown
0 - 0 Australia
Belinda Kitching, Traci Bartlett, Anissa Tann-Darby (Kristyn Swaffer 75), Sonia Gegenhuber, Bridgette Starr, Cheryl Salisbury, Shelley Youman (Alison Forman 64), Joanne Peters (Kim Revell 64), Sarah Cooper (c), Katrina Boyd (Sunni Hughes 70), Julie Murray (Alicia Ferguson 75)
Referee : unknown
Attendance : 58000
Coaches : Greg Brown (Australia), ?? (North Korea)
Squad listing Official AWSA Press Release


After the opening scoreless draw in the 3 match series the Australians were looking to go one better. Not quite....This was a Friendly match.
Played : September 1 Venue : National Stadium, Pyongyang
North Korea
lineup unknown
0 - 0 Australia
Belinda Kitching, Traci Bartlett, Sarah Cooper (c), Anissa Tann-Darby (Kristyn Swaffer 62), Bridgette Starr, Katrina Boyd, Cheryl Salisbury (Shelley Youman 77), Alison Forman (Angela Iannotta 62), Joanne Peters (Sharon Black 55), Sunni Hughes (Alicia Ferguson 80), Julie Murray
Referee : unknown
Attendance : 15000
Coaches : Greg Brown (Australia), ?? (North Korea)
Squad listings Official AWSA Press Release


Australia managed to win the series with a late goal in the final match. Julie Murray scoring the winner with a 20metre drive. A real boost to the confidence of the team ahead of the Oceania World Cup qualifiers. Let's hope they do better than the guys. This was a Friendly match.
Played : September 3 Venue : National Stadium, Pyongyang
North Korea
lineup unknown
0 - 1 Australia
Belinda Kitching, Traci Bartlett, Sonia Gegenhuber (c), Anissa Tann-Darby, Bridgette Starr, Sarah Cooper (Joanne Peters 55), Alison Forman, Shelley Youman, Angela Iannotta (Sharon Black 68), Julie Murray (Amy Taylor 83), Katrina Boyd (Sunni Hughes 55)
Goal : Murray 72
Referee : unknown
Attendance : 22000
Coaches : Greg Brown (Australia), ?? (North Korea)
Squad listings


Australia began their World Cup campaign against American Samoa. Australia were drawn with them and Papua New Guinea while the other group contained the evil Kiwis, Samoa and Fiji. This appears to have been a slightly one-sided match. This was a World Cup qualifying match.
Played : October 9 Venue : Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Australia
(lineup unknown)
Goals : Thomas 4, 35, 55, Casagrande 19, 59, Tann-Darby 28, Salisbury 29, 58, 72, 81, 93, Black 37, 68, 88, 95, Ferguson 44, 79, Taylor 50, Forman 66, Peters 78, Boyd 96
21 - 0 American Samoa
lineup unknown
Referee : ??
Attendance : ??
Coaches : Greg Brown (Australia), ?? (American Samoa)
Squad listings


After their solid opening match Australia had pretty much ensured passage to the semi-final, but they made sure anyway. Meanwhile Fiji lost to New Zealand a result which pushed out the other Samoa. This was a World Cup qualifying match.
Played : October 11 Venue : Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Australia
(lineup unknown)
Goals : Black 3, 18, 22, Casagrande 28, Salisbury 66, 67, 86, Boyd 92
8 - 0 Papua New Guinea
(lineup unknown)
Referee : ??
Attendance : ??
Coaches : Greg Brown (Australia), ?? (PNG)
Squad listings


Well durn it if these girls can't play. Fiji weren't helped by having 2 players sent off in the first half so they did quite well to keep Australia to this score. I thought so anyway. In the other semi New Zealand won 5-0 against New Guinea. This was a World Cup qualifying match.
Played : October 15 Venue : Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Australia
Belinda Kitching, Traci Bartlett, Bridgette Starr, Kristyn Swaffer, Sarah Cooper (c), Sharon Black, Joanne Peters, Alison Forman (Anissa Tann-Darby 59), Katrina Boyd (Alicia Ferguson 56), Angela Iannotta, Julie Murray (Cheryl Salisbury 66)
Goals : Murray 3, 23, 47, Ionnotta 7, 43, Boyd 23, 39, Black 33, 40, 55, Peters 49, 53, 58, 81, Ferguson 69, 72 Salisbury 83
17 - 0 Fiji
(Lineup unknown)
Referee : ??
Attendance : ??
Coaches : Greg Brown (Australia), ?? (Fiji)
Squad listings Official AWSA Press Release


It always comes to this. New bloody Zealand. Thankfully the Matildas were not as unfortunate as the Socceroos who very recently were bettered by their Trans-Tasman cousins. Also the 3rd place playoff was taken out by Papua New Guinea who beat Fiji 7-1. This was a World Cup qualifying match.
Played : October 17 Venue : Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
New Zealand
(lineup incomplete) Rachel Howard (GK), Terry McCahill (c), Nicky Smith, Melissa Ruscoe, Sacha Haskell
Goal : Smith 77
1 - 3 Australia
Belinda Kitching, Traci Bartlett, Bridgette Starr, Anissa Tann-Darby, Sarah Cooper (Amy Taylor 90+), Sharon Black, Cheryl Salisbury, Alison Forman, Lisa Casagrande (Katrina Boyd 72), Natalie Thomas (Angela Iannotta 81), Julie Murray (c)
Goals : Murray 2, Starr 13, Casagrande 66
Referee : ??
Attendance : ??
Coaches : Greg Brown (Australia), Maurice Tillotson (New Zealand)
Squad listings