Football Federation Australia
28 February 2005

The Australian Under 17 team (Qantas Joeys) have drawn 3-3 against Chile overnight in Santiago narrowly failing to avenge the 3-0 defeat by the same team just six days ago.

After leading 2-1 at half time the Qantas Joeys had a number of chances to win in the dying stages of the match but were unable to find a winner.

"I was very happy with the intensity that the boys showed tonight especially after the last performance against Chile," said coach Ange Postecoglou.

"We outplayed the opposition for large periods of the match but a couple of lapses at either end of the pitch cost us the win.

"South American countries are always very strong at this level and it has been a great learning experience for such young players."

Despite starting well the Qantas Joeys fell behind to a goal on the quarter hour mark when a free-kick could only be parried by goalkeeper Elliott Jones and was put away by Rodrigo Tapia from close range.

Defender Jamie Cumming equalised for Australia after 28 minutes when he stabbed the ball home following a Daniel Visevic corner.

David Williams and Visevic caused the Chilean defence plenty of heartache throughout the first half coming close to scoring on several occasions and the duo combined for Australia's second goal as Williams slipped the ball in behind the defence for Visevic to give Australia the lead.

The Chileans equalised seven minutes after the interval through Jorge Aravena from another free-kick however the Qantas Joeys again took the lead just five minutes later when David Williams broke through and rounded the goalkeeper after Leigh Broxham had laid the groundwork.

With plenty of goalmouth action at either end of the pitch it was to be the home side that managed to convert, scoring the sixth and final goal of the match in the 71st minute with a quick break upfield finished by Tapia for his second goal of the game.

The Australians will conclude their five-match tour against club side Colo Colo on Tuesday with the Oceania qualifying tournament for the 2005 FIFA Under 17 World Championship will be played in New Caledonia in April.

The 2005 FIFA Under 17 World Championship will be held in Peru from 16 September until 2 October.

Match Details:

Chile U/17 3 (Rodrigo Tapia 15', 71' Jorge Aravena 52')
Australia U/17 3 (Jamie Cumming 28', Daniel Visevic 37', David Williams 57')

Australian Line-up: Elliott Jones; Jamie Cumming, Wade Oostendorp, Matt Spiranovic, Leigh Broxham, Matt Mullen (Ian Graham 65'), Brendan Maroney (Scott Gannon 65'), Daniel Visevic (Joel Allwright h/t), David Williams, David D'Apuzzo, Robbie Kruse (Morgan Zeeno h/t)

Subs Not Used: Shannon Lancini (gk), Matt Dobbin, Tayfun Buyukkopru, Blake Charity, Matt Dimech

Cautions: D'Apuzzo 15', Mullen 52'

The full match schedule for the tour is:

Qantas Joeys v Palestino U/17's

Thursday 17 February, 6pm

La Cistena Stadium
Won 2-0 (R Kruse 28', D Visevic 47')

Qantas Joeys v Chile U/17's

Sunday 20 February, 4pm

San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium
Lost 0-3

Qantas Joeys v Universidad Catolica

Wednesday 23 February, 6pm

San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium

Drew 2-2 (L Broxham 18', D Williams 79')

Qantas Joeys v Chile U/17's

Saturday 26 February, 7pm

Monumental Stadium
Draw 3-3 (Jamie Cumming 28', Daniel Visevic 37', David Williams 57')

Qantas Joeys v Colo Colo U/17's

Tuesday 1 March, 5pm

Monumental Stadium
* All match times local

The 20-man Australian Under-17 squad to touring Chile is:

Elliot Jones (QAS), Shannon Lancini (QAS)


Blake Charity (QAS), Jamie Cumming (VIS), David D'Apuzzo (NSWIS), Matthew Dobbin (QAS), Ian Graham (ACTAS), Wade Oostendorp (Sydney FC), Matthew Spiranovic (VIS)


Joel Allwright (SASI), Leigh Broxham (VIS), Tayfun Buyukkopru (Marconi Stallions), Scott Gannon (SASI), Brendan Maroney (Blacktown City), Matt Mullen (SASI), Daniel Visevic (VIS)


Matt Dimech (VIS), Robbie Kruse (QAS), David Williams (QAS), Morgan Zeeno (QAS)


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