It’s not the most important prize on provide in ladies’s soccer this yr, however Cup of Nations success is the perfect begin to 2023 for the Matildas.
The Australians clinched the four-team match in Newcastle on Wednesday evening with a 3-0 win over Jamaica.
It was the Matildas’ third win from three Cup of Nations matches, and their seventh victory in succession in a constructive signal for the Australians forward of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which begins in July.
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Katrina Gorry’s spectacular first-half strike was complemented by second-half objectives from substitute Alex Chidiac and Arsenal star Caitlin Foord.
“We needed to come back out sturdy tonight and end this match off and that’s precisely what we did.” Gorry instructed Network 10.
“Three (wins) from three (matches), I feel we’re fairly pleased with to begin off 2023 (that approach).”
Gorry stated she loved the bodily battle towards a Jamaican crew that confirmed loads of grit and dedication, significantly within the first half.
“It was positively bodily, however we love that. That’s what we’re all about,” she stated.
“Playing within the midfield when it’s a bodily sport, it’s at all times fulfilling
“We knew that was going to occur however we got here again fairly sturdy.”
Australia’s Katrina Gorry (left) celebrates her aim with Clare Hunt. Picture: Saeed KHAN / AFPSource: AFP
The Matildas went forward within the 28 minute by way of Gorry’s chic strike.
Fed with a brief cross by Foord, Gorry let fly with a long-distance, first-time shot with the surface of her proper.
The curling effort was too good for Jamaica’s England-born goalkeeper Becky Spencer.
The Matildas in any other case lacked finesse and depth within the opening stanza, and wanted a positive save from goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold in first-half stoppage time to stop the Jamaicans equalising via striker Kayla McKenna.
However, the hosts lifted within the second-half to seal their third win of the match with two extra objectives.
Substitute Alex Chidiac doubled the Matildas’ lead within the 56th-minute, earlier than Arsenal star Foord ensured there was no approach again for the Jamaicans with sensible a strike from distance 11 minutes later.
Custodian Arnold, who was later named participant of the match, produced one other very good save within the dying phases to disclaim Jamaica’s Jody Brown.
The solely regarding facet of the evening was a head knock that compelled veteran Matildas defender Clare Polkinghorne to not return after the half-time break.
In Wednesday’s early sport, match runners up Spain defeated Czechia 3-0.
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