Solomon Islands put Young Matildas through their paces

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The Australia’s Under 20’s Women’s team narrowly defeated the senior Solomon Islands team 2-1 in their first match of the Pacific Four Nations Tournament.

Young Matildas in the Pacific Four Nations Tournament (Photo by PacificAus Sports).

Despite the Young Matildas dominating possession, the win didn’t come easy as they fought to find looks through the visitor’s persistent defence.

Avaani Prankash opened the scoring for Australia in the 11th minute, while Ella O’Grady delivered another just after the break in the 47th minute.

Avaani Prankash opened the scoring for Australia. (Photo by PacificAus Sports).

However, it was Jemina David’s equaliser that stole the show for the Solomon Islands.

After struggling to get the ball down their end during much of the first half, David managed to slot one in to level the match right before the break.

As it’s the first time many of the Solomon Island athletes have played in Australia, David said post-match that it was a great achievement for her country.

“I didn’t expect to score that goal from that corner. Scoring the goal I’m so happy and proud,” David said.

Jemina David scored Solomon Islands only goal. (Photo by PacificAus Sports).

After going up against the pressing Young Matildas side, the Solomon Islands are eager to back up their performance in the remaining games.

Head coach Batram Suri said that he was happy with the result and put it down to their settled defence and persisted efforts.

“I think the girls have a strong mentality,” Suri said.

“Even though they lose the ball, we have a number inside the box to clear the ball out.”

Young Matildas v Solomon Islands in the Pacific Four Nations Tournament (PacificAus Sports).

Despite losing the match, his team’s performance is a good sign for Suri with games still to be played against Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

“I think it’s a start for us,” he said.

“I believe that if we did like this defensively, going forward with the other two teams we can do it.”

Solomon Islands in the Pacific Four Nation Tournament (Photo by PacificAus Sports).

(Feature image: PacificAus Sports).

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Grace Buckmaster
Grace Buckmaster
Sports Media student at the University of Canberra. Covering Canberra United for the 2022/23 season. Women's sport enthusiast.

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