Australia dominates Korea
The Australia Paralympic team handed Korea Republic a 6-0 thrashing in tonight’s Oceania Paralympic Football Championship match at Mararra Stadium in Darwin.
The Australia Paralympic team handed Korea Republic a 6-0 thrashing in tonight-s Oceania Paralympic Football Championship match at Mararra Stadium in Darwin.
The Australians were dominant from the outset, and after they scored just 40 seconds into the contest, never relinquished control.
The team took a 4-nil into the half-time break thanks to goals from Brett Cross, Ben Atkins and a double to the ever-dangerous Beau Menzies.
Australian skipper David Barber then put the icing on the cake with two quality individual goals inside the final five minutes of the match.
Victory puts Australia in a golden position to play in Sunday-s grand final. Their spot in the decider will be confirmed should they defeat Japan in their match tomorrow night.
While he was content with the performance of his men, Australian coach Paul Brown played down the commanding win, saying the job was only part done.
The 6-0 win comes after they played out a nil-all draw with England in last night-s opening round.
“It was a great result but we know Korea is a bit weaker than England,” Brown said.
‘“Still, there was some quality football from our guys tonight.
“We made a few slight changes in our set-up tonight that worked very well, and I thought our substitutes came on and played a great role as well.”
“We-re progressing, that-s the main thing. Now we-ll refocus on Japan for tomorrow night-s game.”
Australia play Japan in the final round clash at Mararra Stadium tomorrow at 6:30pm.
Australia 6 (Brett Cross 1', Beau Menzies 17'/22', Ben Atkins 30', David Barber 52'/56') Korea Republic 0
Australian line-up: Sam Larkings (gk); Brett Cross, Chris Pyne (Jeremy Thorpe 43'), David Barber (C), Brett Fairhall (Pat Grant 40'), Ben Atkins, Beau Menzies (Thomas Goodman 30')
Referee: Tim McGilchrist Assistant's: Stephen Toth and James Nicolopolous