IFA Under 17 World Cup round up: day two
Day two of the IFA Under 17s World Cup saw the USA come up against Australia and Scotland looking to get a victory in front of their own fans when they played Pakistan.
First up was the USA v Australia and, after the national anthems were sung, it was time for the action to kick off once again.
This had the all the ingredients for a great game with both sides strong in defence as well as attack.
Australia started this encounter brightly as they were able to maintain possession whilst moving the ball about quickly. Their opponents had to work hard to try and retrieve control of the ball.
Both sides had opportunities early in the game but the encounter’s first goal didn’t arrive until the 12th minute, courtesy of Australian captain Patrick Langlois. Liam Dawson then managed to double the Aussie advantage just a minute later.
Mitch Dobson made it 3-0, on 16 minutes, before the USA reduced the leeway on the stroke of half time thanks to a penalty from Luca Scotniovski.
Dobson then got his second of the game early on in the second half to make it 4-1. The USA got themselves back into the game once more, thanks to Jonathan Franco, but Australia bounced back to beat them 7-2. Australia had now scored 38 quality goals in just two matches.
In the second fixture of the night hosts Scotland picked up their first victory of the tournament in fantastic fashion, beating Pakistan 32-2.
Cammy Robertson was the highest scorer on the day for the Scots, with six goals. Liam Kelly, Sam Pirrie and Blair McCord all picked up four goals each.
There have been a small amount of Pakistan fans in attendance over the last few days and the team gave the supporters something to cheer about when they got consolation goals courtesy of Muhammad Ahmed Raza Khan and Rehab Khan.
Their attitude and determination never let off, however, and that has won them the admiration of many of the other spectators at the tournament. The team possesses enthusiasm that money cannot buy.
Day two brought about 43 goals and we have now seen a total of 84 goals in the tournament so far.
Day three sees the USA looking to achieve three points when they take on Pakistan at 18:00 and, at 19:45, Australia compete against Scotland, which promises to be a great game for the spectators to view.