Jakarta. The Australian youth football team, nicknamed the Joeys, sank Indonesia's under-15 national team 7-3 in the third match of Group A at the Asean Football Federation U-15 Championship on Thursday (13/07).
In the match in Chonburi, Thailand, Indonesian striker Amiruddin Bagus Kahfi bagged a hat-trick but the team was helpless to stop Australia — playing in an aggressive 4-3-3 formation — from more than doubling his score.
The end result was unthinkable in the first 10 minutes, when Indonesia led by two goals. Kahfi scored in the third and eighth minutes with a couple of his customary clinical touches in front of goal, terrorizing nervous Australian goalie Jamie Signorello.
But the Joeys' Trent Ostler, probably his team's best player on the pitch, struck back after nine minutes, skipping past two Indonesian defenders before nonchalantly deceiving Indonesian goalie Ahludz Dzikri Fikri with a lob into the net.
In the 11th minute, Ostler sent a low cross to Noah Botic who easily tapped in the ball for the equalizer, leaving Ahludz and his teammates stunned.
The equalizer boosted the Joeys' morale and they ended up bossing the rest of the match with superior ball possession in midfield, led by deep-lying playmaker Ryan Teague.
Lachlan Sepping, who plays for Sydney pro club Marconi Stallions, put the Joeys into the lead in the 14th minute as his deflected cross from the left flank fooled a helpless Ahludz.
Sepping could have scored again eight minutes later if his powerful shot did not miss the goal by inches.
In the 30th minute, Ostler danced around Indonesian defenders inside the box then passed to striker Botic who blasted a shot into the net for the Joeys' fourth goal.
The Australian team added two more goals in the 35th and 55th minutes with two headers from midfielders Birkan Kirdar and the dominating Teague.
In the 63rd minute, Kahfi tapped in a rebound into the Joeys' net after a counter attack for his first international hat-trick.
Australia scored its seventh and last goal in the 64th minute through substitute Stephan De Robillard.
"We wanted to steal at least a point in this game. It looked like we were going to do just that with the two early goals, but we just could not maintain our intensity for the whole match," Indonesia's head coach Fachri Husaeni said after the game.
"Our forwards played well, but our midfielders and defenders were struggling," he added.
With the win, Australia is now third in Group A, below second-placed Myanmar and first-placed Thailand, who beat bottom-ranked Singapore and fourth-placed Laos in the same night.
Indonesia remains fifth in the group and will play Laos on Saturday (15/07).