The Young Socceroos have made an excellent start to their East Asia Games campaign, with a 1-0 victory over home team Japan, in Osaka this afternoon.
The Australian Under-20s overcame a slow start to land the winner a minute before half-time, Lucas Pantelis providing a cross from the left to Joshua Kennedy, with the striker putting the ball into the top left corner of the net for the game's only goal.
The Young Socceroos then went onto withstand a second half assault from the home side, with goalkeeper Michael Turnbull kept busy for much of the half, but dominant in the air.
The game also marked the debut of two players, Nottingham Forest's Gareth Edds, and Sydney Olympic's Franco Parisi, for Australia.
"It certainly wasn't an easy game, but definitely a good one to win," said coach Ange Postecoglou after the match.
"We didn't play all that well in the first half, but we scored a good goal right on half time which gave us a lift, and then knocked the ball around a bit and kept a tight defence in the second half.
"We did look a little rusty early on and the boys were feeling the heat, but to their credit, they got in front and wouldn't let go, and considering we were playing Japan on their home territory, I couldn't fault the players.
"We play Guam next up, and we watched them play the other day against Japan, who beat them comfortably, so hopefully we'll be more used to the conditions in the next couple of days, we'll make some changes to the team and we'll be looking for a second victory." he concluded.