Matildas Clean Sweep China

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The Westfield Matildas have defeated China PR 2-1 in the second and final match at Parramatta.

Goals either side of half-time from Lisa De Vanna and Emily van Egmond were enough to see off China who pulled a goal back from the penalty spot midway through the second half.

Australia were 2-0 victors over China in Wollongong on Sunday.

The matches are part of Australia’s lengthy build-up towards next May’s AFC Asian Women’s Cup in Vietnam, which doubles as qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

Despite the result coach Hesterine de Reus was unhappy with her side’s performance which was not as cohesive as Sunday’s showing.

“We didn’t play well but we won,” said de Reus. “The positive for me is that we still won a poor game.

“The first game was really good, but we didn’t reach that level. I thought we had some poor defending and poor passing but despite that winning is a positive.

“Now we can go into the W-League season, so we look for the players to gain some consistency, and then we have a string of games from February until May.

“We still have a lot of players out (injured). I think we are still on track for the Asian Women’s Cup.”

Australia 2 (Lisa De Vanna 30’, Emily van Egmond 57’)
China 1 (Ying Li 74’ pen)

Australia: 18. Lydia Williams (gk); 16. Steph Catley, 3. Kim Carroll, 4. Clare Polkinghorne, 5. Laura Alleway; 13. Tameka Butt (9. Haley Raso 84’), 8. Elise Kellond-Knight, 19. Katrina Gorry (7. Collette McCallum 33’); 11. Lisa De Vanna, 10. Emily van Egmond, 23. Michelle Heyman (14. Ashleigh Sykes 77’)

Substitutes: 21. Eliza Campbell (gk), 2. Emma Checker, 12. Vedrana Popovic, 15. Amy Chapman, 22. Nicole Sykes.
Yellow Cards: Nil

Attendance: 1,657


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