Joeys bounce back in 4-0 win over Myanmar

September 14, 2011

Australia are back on track to qualify for next year's Asian Under-16 soccer championship after thumping Myanmar 4-0 in their second match of the qualifying tournament.

The Joeys' solid win on Wednesday night helped quash the memory of a disappointing 3-2 loss to Thailand two days earlier.

Poor defence in their opening round match meant the Joeys threw away an early lead when they conceded three goals in 15 minutes.

Joeys head coach Jan Versleijen made three changes from that match, including replacing goalkeeper Jordan Thurtell with Andre Jannese.

After a slow first half, captain Ben Warland broke the ice in the 20th minute when he outjumped the Myanmar defence to score a header from close range.

The match was well into the second half when Daniel De Silva extended the Joeys' lead with a well-placed volley.

Just minutes later Taylor Tombides tapped home his second goal of the tournament before De Silva scored another moments before the final whistle.

"In the first half we struggled a little bit to find our rhythm but were able to score a goal from a set piece," Versleijen said.

"We still have a lot of room for improvement."

The Joeys next face Hong Kong on Saturday ahead of remaining matches against Guam and Indonesia.

Australia currently sit third in their group with the top two teams guaranteed of qualifying for the 2012 AFC Under-16 Championship, which serves as qualifying for the 2013 Under-17 World Cup in the UAE.