Matildas secure thumping win over Thailand in Campbelltown

The Matildas have taken another major step towards competing at Tokyo 2020.

The Aussies secured a 6-0 win over Thailand in their Olympic qualifier in Campbelltown on Monday night.

Fresh from her hat-trick performance against Chinese Taipei, all eyes were on striker Caitlin Foord.

The Shellharbour talent was lively all game but went through scoreless. The woodwork appeared to be Foord's biggest enemy, with the ball hitting the post and bouncing away at least twice.

Instead, it was teammate Emily van Egmond who stepped up to score her own hat-trick of goals. However, it was the class of Samantha Kerr that proved the difference between the teams.

With her side leading 2-0, Kerr was brought onto the field in the 61st minute.

Twelve minutes later, the game was beyond doubt as Australia took a 6-0 advantage - three of those goals were set up by Kerr.

A lovely pass by the Chelsea star set up a cross for Karly Roestbakken in the 67th minute, which was finished off by Kyah Simon as the Matildas led 3-0.

Van Egmond - who scored two goals in the first half - then completed her hat-trick in the 70th minute following an assist by Kerr.

A minute later, Kerr's surge continued as she set up Hayley Raso's goal and the Matildas led 5-0.

The rout was then complete when Carpenter curled in a ball from out wide to set up Simon's second goal - via a header - in the 73rd minute.

The Matildas continued to press hard but were unable to extend their advantage late in the game.

Despite the one-sided scoreline, it was a mostly frustrating night for Australia - particularly in the first half.

The Matildas dominated field territory and ball possession (74 per cent) in the opening 45 minutes. The side had 15 scoring shots, but only four were on target.

It appeared that the teams would remain scoreless at half time, before the Ellie Carpenter and van Egmond combination proved vital on two occasions.

A lovely high cross from Carpenter in the 45th minute was finished off by 26-year-old van Egmond.

With the clock ticking down to half time, a low cross by the crafty defender was then guided into the back of the net by van Edmond as the Matildas led 2-0 at the break.

Carpenter and van Egmond were strong all game for Australia while other standouts included Kerr, Simon and Katrina Gorry.

Goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao was a workhorse in defence for Thailand.

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