Overnight the Matildas secured there second win of the group stages in this years 2022 Womens Asian Cup with a less than comfortable 4-0 win over the Philippines in Mumbai.
The starting line-up for the Tillies was easily one of the strongest possible available to Tony Gustavsson. He returned Tameka Yallop and Kyah Simon to the starting line up in place of Clare Wheeler and Hayley Raso and gave a start to promising young Keeper Teagan Micah, probably just giving Mackenzie Arnold a rest after all the work she had to do against Indonesia.
Against former Matildas and Mariners coach Alen Stajcic, this was always going to be a tough game. Nothing like the Indonesian game on Friday the Philippines came to play and set up to not park the bus and limit the damage but go at the Matildas and try and put them on the back foot. And that’s why the first half was as tight as it was, Stajcic’s side came to play, knowing that qualifying for the knockout stages would give them a big shot at qualifying for the Olympics in Australia 2023. So, there was plenty of motivation for the Ladies from the Philippines.
But soon after the second half began, the Matildas were clicked into gear. Sam Kerr scoring her 6th goal of the tournament in the 51st minute before an own goal from defender Randle Dominique handed the Matildas a 2-goal lead. The result was sealed on the 67th minute with an Emily Van Egmond header made it 3-0. Young superstar Mary Fowler made it 4-0 in the 88th minute with a beautiful first-time strike from a scramble in the box which secured a seemingly comfortable win and a little boost for the goal difference. The score line may also be a help to the Philippines side depending on how many they manage to score against Indonesia, although with a win they will surely be through to the knockout stages.
Ive gotta give some props to the gaffer or his changes in this one. In the 71st minute he brought on Courtney Nevin and Holly Mcnamara again to give them some more minutes and yet again Holly was well involved in a lot of the attacking moves and looked dangerous yet again. He also brought on Sydney FC’s own Cortnee Vine at the same time, and didn’t she look like she belonged. Her first touch on the ball she showed the confidence to beat her marker down the line and deliver a perfect cross into the box to create a great chance for the Matildas to score a 4th but it didn’t eventuate, then 3 minutes later she cut inside this time and played a perfect inside ball to Mary Fowler who squared the ball for another great chance for the Matildas.
Then, in the 81st minute he made another change that has shown me maybe he does know what hes doing. He brought on another Sydney FC player in striker Remy Siemsen and potentially a young player who could be near as good as Sam Kerr one day in Kyra Cooney-Cross. Remy had an ok outing, a nice 1-2 play down the left-hand side led to a chance for the Tillies, but Kyra looked like yet again she belongs in the starting line-up. Given a little more freedom to get forward obviously with the space opening up as the Philippine side tired towards the end, she was confident on the ball and looked dangerous when she was in and around the 18-yard box.
Some of the key stats for this one that showed some what the Matildas Dominance. Possession was 63/37 in favour of the Matildas obviously, a little down on the Indonesia game for obvious reasons. Indonesia were the 94th ranked womens team while the Philippines are 64th ranked. But also, we all know how tactically brilliant Alen Stajcic is as a manager. Only 7 Shots on target to 15 off, little it wayward with their finishing, and probably the one stat that truly shows the dominance from the Matildas, Goal kicks for the Philippines 25 and for the Tillies 3, so not a huge amount of work for Teagan to have to negotiate, especially in the second half.
All eyes now turn to Friday at 1am as the Matildas finish their group games with a game against Thailand which could be the most difficult game so far for them. Although the Philippines managed to grab a win against them so who knows what to expect from this one. Should be a good game, nonetheless. And it will be live on Channel 10, so free to air football on the main channel, hope you all stay up for this one.