The Junior Matildas have confirmed their qualification for the AFC U16 Women’s Championship after a goal onslaught in the Kyrgyz Republic, with Novocastrian forward Josie Morley providing a key spark for the young squad.
The Australian representative team proved their quality across four qualification matches, hitting double figures in their opening three before recording a rather quiet – by their standards – 7-nil win against Chinese Taipei to round out the tournament.
All in all, the Junior Matildas hit 39 goals against Palestine, Indonesia, the Kyrgyz Republic and Chinese Taipei to finish atop Group D, with Morley collecting eight in the goal-rush, including hat-tricks in the final two games.
The Hunter was well represented in the tournament, with Ruby Jones, Kirsty Fenton and Teagan Douglas all joining Morley in the squad.
All four of the Novocastrian representatives had to wait until the third match of the group to collect a start however, with substitute appearance scattered among the opening two fixtures.
Then all four of the stars started on the pitch in match three, as the Matildas charged to a 10-nil win to confirm their table-topping performance in the tournament.
The second round of AFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2019 qualifying is scheduled for 23 February, 2019.