Austria beat Danes in WU16 Development Tournament
Austria 4-0 Denmark
The opening stages of the match saw both sides have possession and pass the ball around nicely with no real chances being created. Both sides prior to kick off seemed fired up which made for an exciting start to the game.
In the 9th minute the Austrian right winger, Sandra Mayrhofer, blasted a shot over the bar from outside the box. A minute later the Danes had a corner which came to nothing. This signified how open the game was at this point.
It wasn’t until the 21st minute that the first real clear cut chance occurred. The Austrian right winger crossed a slicing ball into the box which the Austrian centre forward, Evelin Kurz, who looked a threat all game, got onto the end of. She decided to control the ball first then shoot but in the process gave the keeper a chance to come out and block the shot.
A minute later, Mayrhofer crossed again to Kurz who this time did shoot first time but her shot went wide. Building Austrian pressure finally got to the Danes, as in the 24th minute, as a poor back pass to the Danish keeper allowed in Magdalena Bachler, who shot straight at the keeper. All the keeper could do however, was to parry the ball to her left which the on-running Austrian left winger, Chiara Schaub, was then able to put into the back of the net. 1-0 Austria but the game still very balanced.
In the 31st minute, Mayrhofer crossed again into the box and Bacheler shot again producing a good save from the Danish keeper. In the 32nd minute, the Austrian captain and the best player on the pitch, displayed her range of passing which was evident all game, picked out Lena Kovar with a delightful through ball but it came to nothing.
In the 38th minute the Danish left full back, Olivia Drost, was showing how comfortable she was at attacking as defending. The full back, as throughout the game, looked lively, tackled well and kept possession for her team. As she advanced up the left wing after winning possession, she played a one two and ran dangerously with the ball, her final cross came to nothing but her overall play was good.
Two minutes into the second half the Danes found themselves down to 10 players. Their centre midfielder, Maiken Hansen was sin binned for a foul. Despite this the Danes managed to put together some nice passes and their left winger, Frida Petersen, in the 44th minute, went on a good run. She jinked past the Austrian left full but her cross from the wing let her down and came to nothing.
Six minutes into the second half and the Austrians extra player advantage showed through. Klein picked out Lena Kovar on the Austrian right with a nice ball, Kovar crossed nicely into the box were Bachler was able to get onto the end of it and tap it into the corner. 2 nil Austria and Danish spirits starting to dampen.
The 51st minute saw Petersen again go down the Danish right and again hit a cross that came to nothing, Denmark needed something at this point.
The 60th minute saw the Austrians extend their lead. Laura Krumbock crossed in from the Austrian right wing whose cross looked destined for the Danish keepers hands until tragic struck. The Danish keeper fluffed her catch and the ball went behind her and into her own net. Fortunate goal and no way back for the Danes now.
In the 67th minute the Danes had some good play in the centre midfield area and around the Austrian box but were unable to find a clear way through the opposition defence. This summed up the Danish performance on the day.
Austria made it 4-0 in the 78th minute. A shot parried by the Danish keeper aloud in substitute Jana Scharnbock, who pounced on the loose ball and put it past the despairing Camilla Sorensen who was glad to hear the final whistle.
AUSTRIA: Vanessa Kutner, Vanessa Hartl, Laura Wienroither, Evelin Kurz, Maileen Mobner, Magdalena Bacheler, Laura Krumbock, Sandra Mayrhofer, Jennifer Klein, Chiara Schaub, Lena Kovar. Subs: Melanie Brunnthaler for Schaub 64, Carina Widaver for Bachler 74, Jana Scharnbock for Mayrhofer 74, Lisa Alinar for Kurz 74.
DENMARK: Camilla Sorensen, Olivia Drost, Silke Seland, Caroline Jacobsen, Sofie Svava, Laerke Sondergaard, Maria Hovmark, Karen Holmgaard, Maiken Hansen, Agnete Nielsen, Frida Petersen. Subs: Rebecca Dall for Drost 55, Alberte Hallgren for Hovmark 55, Benedikte Schroder for Seland 55, Kamilla Karlsen for Karen Holmgaard 72, Sara Holmgaard for Svava 72, Signe Andersen for Nielsen 72, Solveig Andersen for Petersen 78, Therese Ibsen for Hansen 78.