The Matildas defeated Jamaica 3-0 to win the Cup of Nations final. Completing their preparation for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. And giving Tony Gustavsson his first trophy since taking over as head coach in 2021. Women Football World Cup fans can buy Jamaica vs Brazil Tickets from our website.
In Newcastle, Katrina Gorry gave them the lead in the first half before goals from Alex Chidiac and Caitlin Foord gave them their seventh straight victory, just one short of their all-time record of eight straight triumphs.
In terms of results alone, Gustavsson’s team excelled in his attempt to use this friendly competition. As a warm-up for the intensity of subsequent World Cup games later this year. Although their 3 successes and ten goals throughout the war suggest as much. Australia started slowly on Wednesday in front of 9,093 audiences at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The 3-2 victory over Spain on Sunday definitely had an impact on a team that had not had much rotation. The Swede kept the 4-4-2 configuration that has helped his team play better recently. But he made two changes to his starting lineup.
Courtney Nevin started right back in place of Charlotte Grant. And Larissa Crummer took the place of the injured Hayley Raso. However, Australia found it difficult to control the tempo and maintain possession. And press Jamaica when they were in danger in the first half.
However, the tension was somewhat reduced by Katrina Gorry’s long-range goal in the 27th minute. The midfielder received the ball from Foord and then blasted past Becky Spencer from 25 metres away.
Cup of Nations Final
More encouraging developments for the Australians came just before halftime when Kyra Cooney-Cross and Foord threatened to increase the lead. The substitution of aggressive midfielder Chidiac for Crummer, who provided little offensively, after the break was the true cattle prod.
The Racing Louisville midfielder has only played in one game so far in this competition. But she was a threat to the Jamaican defence when she came on. Solidifying her position as a “game-changing” player for the Matildas come July’s championship.
Just over ten minutes after arriving, Chidiac earned her reward by manoeuvring around the 6-yard box to make it 2-0.
After that comfortable lead, the Matildas continued to roll, and their third goal came when Sam Kerr and Foord displayed some nice link-up play before the Arsenal striker blasted the ball in from the edge of the box to give Australia a clean sweep of this friendly series and guarantee they would keep the Cup of Nations trophy.
While Spanish striker Esther Gonzalez took home the Golden Boot for the series with three goals. Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold was named Player of the Tournament for a string of outstanding stops throughout all three games. Women Football World Cup fans can buy France vs Jamaica Tickets from our website.
The player of the Tournament is Mackenzie Arnold
What a turning point for the Matildas’ custodian after the past two years have been so unpredictable.
She well deserves it, but the fact that the Matildas’ shot-stopper, who nearly single-handedly ensured their victories against all three opponents, was chosen as the competition’s finest player, does tell something about the team throughout these three games.
While Spain is currently en route to the airport, forward Esther Gonzalez of Spain, who scored three goals throughout the tournament, wins the Golden Boot. However, she is not present to receive her trophy. The wicked cannot rest!
Is anyone else having a sense of deja vu?
It had an uncomfortably similar atmosphere to the Matildas’ inaugural match against Czechia, when they finally found their rhythm after a sluggish, creaking first 45 minutes.
With three incredible goals from the standout Katrina Gorry, Alex Chidiac, and Caitlin Foord in the second half, Australia was able to extend their winning streak to seven games, just one win short of their all-time record. In this condition as well, it was the game-changing alternates, Alex Chidiac and Charli Grant, who added the energy and spark that the team wanted.
Another clean sheet is also important since Kyra Cooney-Cross and Cortnee Vine, who work extremely hard, as well as 23-year-old Clare Hunt, demonstrated their potential for the Women’s World Cup.
Since the group stage of the tournament in July was intended to be a reflection of this one, the Matildas were forced to address some issues that, in the past, they have found challenging. In this challenging match, for example, starting players were unavailable due to fatigue, and the opponent was trickier than expected.
Overall, the Cup of Nations tournament was successful in achieving its goals, which included identifying the players essential to this Matilda’s team, exposing them to three very different footballing philosophies, and preparing them for the quick turnaround football they will be playing in less than six months.
England, the current European champions, will be Australia’s next opponent in April. Before the tournament proper starts, a final exhibition match will be held in Melbourne at the beginning of July. Because I am a woso nuff and adore my little blog family, you can bet that I will be here to guide you through it all.
Watch the A-League Women’s competition in the interim because some Tillies will be playing there again this weekend!
Khadija Shaw of Jamaica gets the Barclays Player of the Month honour
Shaw maintains a commanding lead in the Women’s Super League scoring race after scoring five goals in March to bring her season total to 15. The March Barclays Player of the Month honour goes to Khadija “Bunny” Shaw.
In addition to winning the Women’s Super League (WSL). Gareth Taylor was named the Barclays Manager of the Month for March, giving Manchester City a double victory.
Shaw maintains a commanding lead in the Women’s Super League scoring race after scoring five goals in March to bring her season total to 15. She scored all three of City’s goals against Tottenham to start the month. In a 2-1 victory over Brighton, the Jamaican international added two more goals. Moving two places ahead of Rachel Daly in the standings.
Taylor has enabled Man City to overtake Chelsea and go up to second place in the WSL. The remarkable win over the Blues, Taylor’s team’s first since 2017, extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games.
It’s a wonderful club, and it’s a privilege to play for them. Shaw has now made an astounding 26 appearances in 2022–23, and she leads the WSL in scoring with 15 goals in 16 games. Early in the season, she said on City’s official website: “It’s an unbelievable club and it’s an honour to represent.
“I simply want to keep scoring and contribute as much as I can to the squad. That’s what I do; that’s what I play.
“At the end of the day, we have quality, and we know that if we follow the procedure and act correctly, we’ll achieve our goals.”