Chonburi: Mary Fowler is confident of sealing Australia’s spot in the final of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 when they face defending champions Japan in the competition’s last four at the Chonburi Stadium on Wednesday.
While Australia are just 90 minutes away from qualifying for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Nigeria, Fowler admits that their journey so far has been a challenging one.
“We had a tough start against DPR Korea. Losing that game obviously meant we had to win the next two games."
Kuala Lumpur: After 12 matches of high-octane action the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 has reached the knockout stage with Japan, Australia, DPR Korea and Korea Republic still vying for glory.
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Chonburi: DPR Korea goalkeeper Yu Son-gum is adamant that adverse pressure will not be a factor when her side meets Korea Republic in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals on Wednesday.
Under the guidance of head coach Son Sung-gwon, DPR Korea have impressed in Chonburi, with three successive victories helping them finish first in Group A and move within touching distance of not only a place in the competition’s final, but also a berth at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Nigeria.
Chonburi: Lee Jeong-min believes Korea Republic’s hard work has paid handsome dividends after her solitary goal against Myanmar on Sunday took the two-time title winners into the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019.
Hur Jung-jae’s charges needed a win against Myanmar at the IPE Chonburi Stadium, but their progress through to the competition’s knockout stage was also reliant on Japan beating China PR in Group B’s other match.
Japan ace Morita sets sights on claiming World Cup spot
Chonburi: Rising star Misaki Morita has revealed that Japan are fully focused on beating Australia in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals to claim a place at next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Nigeria.
The dynamic midfielder scored her side’s second goal in Sunday’s hard-fought 2-1 win over China PR, a result which saw reigning champions Japan claim pole position in Group B and sail into the competition’s last four on the back of three successive victories.
Chonburi: With the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 group stage action coming to an end on Sunday, the tournament’s four semi-finalists have now been confirmed.
As the dust settles on 12 pulsating matches in Chonburi, Group A winners DPR Korea will now tackle Group B runners-up Korea Republic, while reigning champions Japan – who topped the Group B standings – are set to meet Australia after they finished second in Group A. Both matches are scheduled to be played on Wednesday.
In addition to Continental glory being on the line, the competition’s top three finishers are guaranteed places at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Nigeria.
Chonburi: Karly Roestbakken has praised Australia’s never-say-die attitude after their late goal against Vietnam sent them through to the last-four of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 on Saturday.
Needing only a draw to progress, Vietnam were seven minutes away from making their first knockout stage appearance until the last gasp drama at a rain-soaked IPE Chonburi Stadium.
However, Mary Fowler’s strike in the 83rd minute would ultimately break Vietnam hearts as Leah Blayney’s charges held on to stay in sight of both the Continental title and a place in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2020 Nigeria.