Young Socceroos Draw

Wednesday 7 November 2012 09:20

Corey Gameiro grabbed his second goal in as many games as Australia came from behind to draw 1-1 with Syria in the AFC U19 Championship in the UAE on Tuesday evening.

Gameiro came close to opening the scoring on 35 minutes when he collected Terry Antonis’ pass and fired a shot goalwards, only to see his effort expertly kept out by Shaher Al Shakir in the Syrian goal.

With little over quarter of an hour of the match remaining, Syria took the lead against the run of play when Mahmoud Al Mawas collected a long ball before slotting home.

The Socceroos were only behind for seven minutes though as they equalised with a goal that was made in Fulham. Ryan Williams, occupying his familiar role on the right flank, beat three Syrian defenders as he cut into the penalty area before laying the ball the ball off to Gameiro whose clinical near post finish brought his side level.

The pair linked up again a minute later but this time Gameiro fired wide after Williams had put him into another goalscoring position.

Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Paul Okon was full of praise for the two Fulham boys after the game.

“We conceded a goal from our only mistake in 90 minutes,” Okon said. “But credit to the players they believed they could get back into the game and did so through a magnificent goal from Corey Gameiro after a great passage of play from Ryan Williams.

“After the game I emphasised to the players that this is just another step towards qualifying for the FIFA U20 World Cup. The performance tonight was outstanding and we need to continue this in the next match against Saudi Arabia.”

The Young Socceroos face Saudi Arabia on Thursday in their final Group D match of the AFC U19 Championship.