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Joeys make strong AFC Championship start

The Australian Joeys soccer team have delivered a crushing 5-0 defeat over Timor Leste in the opening round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) under 16s championship.

Australia dominated Timor from start to finish, scoring their first goal in the 14th minute and maintaining possession throughout to clean-up on the scoreboard in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Monday night.

Joeys head coach Jan Versleijen said the team put in a strong performance against Timor but would need to improve before facing Vietnam in their next match.

"It was a good start to the tournament, we played some good football in the first half after we started to control the game and we managed to score three very good goals from good combinations of play," he said.

"In the second half we couldn't get to the same level as the first half, although at no time were we in any danger.

"We will now look to improve our performance for our next match against Vietnam."

The Joeys will face Vietnam on Wednesday before playing their final pool match against Japan on Friday and must finish in the top two of their group to progress to the quarter-final.

The competition serves as a qualifier for the FIFA Under 17s World Cup to be held in Mexico in June next year.

To qualify, the Joeys will need to reach the AFC Championship semi-final.

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