Matildas: Fine-tuning still needed despite second-straight win

Matildas: Fine-tuning still needed despite second-straight win


Two senior Matildas say there is still plenty to work on despite registering a second Cup Of Nations win at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night, a dominant 4-1 victory over the tricky South Korea. 

Captain Sam Kerr netted a double along with goals from wingers Emily Gielnik and Lisa De Vanna, a haul that saw Ante Milicic’s team 3-1 ahead before the half time whistle blew in Brisbane.

The win takes the Matilas’ Cup Of Nations tally to six points from a possible six, and a goals tally of six with just one conceded, which came from an early Korean free kick.

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Backing up a 2-0 win over Tasman rivals New Zealand in Sydney on Thursday, the Matildas continued their search for consistency and familiarity under Milicic’s tutelage.

Defender Clare Polkinghorne said her side needed to be quicker and cleaner in their final tournament match against Argentina in Melbourne on Wednesday.

“It’s always nice to score some goals and to only give away one goal, which was a set piece, was really pleasing,” she said after the match.

“I think we’ve got a lot to work on. We were a bit sloppy in our passing and gave away a lot of ball.

“We just need to work on moving it quicker and playing easy.

“We’re creating a lot of opportunities and that’s the pleasing thing.

“We can always work on the detail in the final third and I’m sure we’ll do that.”

Gielnik, whose goal was arguably the pick of the bunch from the left-hand side, was pleased to have passed what was widely thought of as being the tournament’s biggest test.

Behind the sixth-placed Matildas, South Korea are the next highest ranked team at the Cup Of Nations in 14th.

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The Melbourne Victory forward was hopeful of ending the tournament with a bang both as a team and on a personal level.

“I’d love to get some game time, but I’m looking forward to just more goals,” she said.

‘We’re starting to play some really really good, exciting football and I think tonight (Sunday) was the key.

“We knew Korea was going to be the hardest game and we’ve come out with a really really solid win.

“So it’s promising. We just can’t take our foot off the pedal and we need to punish Argentina right from the first whistle.”