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From correspondents in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Former Australian Captain August 13, 2009
The Young Socceroos have been defeated by Thailand after a penalty shootout in the final of the ASEAN Football Federation under-19 championship.
Thai goalkeeper Ukrit Wongmeena saved three penalties to edge out Australia 3-2 in the shootout at Ho Chi Minh City's Thong Nhat Stadium after the scores were deadlocked at 2-2 after extra-time.
Thailand opened the scoring in the 69th minute before Australia's Dylan McGowan headed home to equalise with just seconds remaining in regulation time. Thailand went ahead again in the 101st minute before Australia equalised again through Jared Lum.
"Last year we won the tournament against Korea with a penalty shootout and this year we were not that lucky,'' Australia coach Ja
Image via Wikipedian Versleijen said. "We played five matches in nine days. In this short time the players showed good discipline on and off the field and the unity got stronger every day.
"Overall it was a
good tournament. The players are all new and we will have some time to develop the players for the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) qualifiers.''
PERTH WEST AUSTRALIA HAS A NEW THAI SOCCER TEAM ON THE FIELD "THE WHITE ELEPHANTS"..
THE TEAM IS NEW AND TRYING OUT FOR PERMANENT PLACE IN THE LOCAL LEAGUE.. A ANOTHER TRIUMPH FOR THE THA COMMUNITY IN PERTH WA