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Hana Lowry, second right, was named Junior Matildas Player of the Torunament
Lowry named star player for Junior Matildas
Football West News
Football West NTC and Perth Glory play Hana Lowry was named Player of the Tournament after the Westfield Junior Matildas qualified for September’s 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship.
Rae Dower’s youngsters capped off a perfect week by defeating Laos 3-0 in their final match. The Aussies did not concede in their three matches and scored seven times.
Lowry was Player of the Match in their final two matches against Vietnam and Laos.
The Junior Matildas squad also contained fellow West Aussies Tijan McKenna and Isabella Wallhead.
After a goalless first half on Friday against Laos, coach Dower looked to her bench to get the ball rolling.
It worked a treat as substitute Georgia Beaumont opened the scoring eight minutes after the break.
Five minutes later, the Westfield Junior Matildas doubled their lead, Lowry scoring to all but guarantee the result.
The Australians had their third after substitute McKenna converted from the spot six minutes from time.
The Westfield Junior Matildas line up in Laos
Following the match, Dower was understandably delighted at her team’s undefeated showing.
“Another three wins, another three clean sheets and the opportunity for all outfield players to get game time and increase their experience by playing international football – it’s a win-win all round,” Dower said.
Despite the strong result, Dower saw plenty of room for improvement from her charges.
“We were pretty scrappy tonight [but] we were always going to lack some cohesion and combinations with making so many changes to the starting lineup.
“We were sloppy with our passing and our first touch was poor. So there’s an awful lot to improve on and a lot of hard work to be done between now and September when we travel to Thailand for the 2019 Asian Championships.
“This is a team that has improved immensely since the Round 1 qualifiers last September and I can’t wait to spend more time with them as we dream of World Cup glory in 2020.”
The 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship will serve as the qualification process for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.