It took a gruelling 108 minutes to separate Australia and Thailand in the semi-final of the AFF U18 Women’s Championship last night, with an Ella O’Grady goal sealing the CommBank Junior Matildas’ spot in the final against Vietnam.
“The girls will certainly be tired, they gave absolutely everything out there tonight,” head coach Rae Dower said after the 120-minute do-or-die match-up.
“Tonight was exceptional, both teams were exceptional. Thailand was a very different challenge compared to what we’d experienced throughout the rest of the tournament. They were an exceptional opponent and as you saw it was a fight right until the very end.