The Qantas Matildas have finished their Olympic Games preparations with a confidence boosting win just five days out from their first official matches on August 11.
The Matildas scored a 1-0 win over Mexico.
Matildas striker Sarah Walsh scored the winning goal in the 36th minute of the first half in a match that Australia could easily have won by a bigger margin.
Neither Australian goalkeeper – Cassandra Kell and Melissa Barbieri played half a game each – had to make any significant saves, while Lisa de Vanna and 16-year-old Sally Shipard came close to adding to Walsh’s goal in a dominant display.
Shipard, the youngest member of the team, put in a masterful display in the centre of midfield, while veterans Sheryl Salisbury and Di Alagich anchored a rock solid Australian midfield, the Australians never looked like conceding a goal in the first half.
The Australian Olympic Women’s Football Team starts its Olympic Tournament on August 11 (Greek time) with a clash against Brazil in Thessolaniki in northern Greece. The match kicks off at 1.00am (AEDST) on August 12.