Australia v Samoa report by ASA

Australia 13 - Samoa 0

The Young Matildas and New Zealand will clash in Friday's final to decide Oceania's single representative at the inaugural FIFA U19 Women's World Championship after the Australians this evening posted an emphatic 13-0 victory over Samoa in their semifinal.

In wet and slippery conditions, the Young Matildas maintained control throughout the match. Midfielders Emma Davison and Collette McCallum opened Australia's account with a goal each inside the first three minutes. Forward Hayley Crawford then set about scoring a hattrick before the half-time break.

Selin Kuralay, playing up front and then in midfield, stole the show with a stunning performance - a record haul of five goals, plus the creator of many more opportunities for her teammates.

Amongst Australia's constant peppering of shots and corner kicks on the opposition goal, Samoa briefly ventured into attack in the second half, Australian goalkeeper Lisa Hartley called upon to make a smart save.

In the earlier semifinal, New Zealand sounded a clear warning to their trans-Tasman rivals by thumping 15 goals past hosts Tonga, the Kiwis' biggest scoreline for the tournament, and more than Australia's 11-goal win over the same team.

National Youth Coach Mike Mulvey was satisfied with the display leading into the crucial decider, saying "Tonight's performance was very pleasing. Several players really stood up to be counted and have given me a couple of tough decisions to make before naming the team for Friday's final."

written by Australian Soccer Association