Hearts youngster McGowan nets for Australia U19

Young Hearts defender Dylan McGowan got amongst the goals for the Australian U19 team in Indonesia on Monday night.

Young Hearts defender Dylan McGowan got amongst the goals for the Australian U19 team in Indonesia on Monday night.

The Young Socceroos defeated Chinese Taipei 4-0 in their second match of the Asian Football Confederation U19 Championship qualification tournament which was played in heavy rain in Bandung.

Australia had to wait until the second half to get on the board but after that, the goals flowed and they recorded an easy victory in the end.

Eli Babalj opened the account in the 68th minute before McGowan headed home from a Tommy Oar corner two minutes later to make it 2-0.

Babalj grabbed his second with nine minutes remaining before Steve Lustica converted a last-minute penalty to make it 4-0.

Socceroos coach Jan Verselijen was delighted with his sides performance, particularly in the second half.

“We had to wait a long time before we scored our first goal, although we put a lot of pressure on Chinese Taipei in the first half with plenty of balls inside their penalty area”, said Versleijen.

“Because we kept the pressure and pace high, after we scored the first goal we broke their resistance.

“To score three more goals was a good reflection of the difference between the teams.

“Due to the depth in the squad I was able to make changes which allowed us more opportunities,” concluded Versleijen.

Australia, who won their first match 3-1 over Hong Kong, meet Singapore on Thursday night.

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