Red-hot Joeys storm into youth championship semis

The Joeys storm into Friday’s AFF Youth Championship semi-final in blistering form after a resounding win over the Philippines on Wednesday night.

After scores were locked at 2-2 midway through the first half, Ufuk Talay’s side turned on the after-burners to run out 8-2 winners in Cambodia.

They now head into their semi-final clash on the back of four wins out of four games and goal haul of 24.

John Roberts was the star for the Joeys in this one, scoring a hat-trick inside the first 27 minutes.

While the Philippines were able to pull goals back after Roberts’ first two strikes, once his third went in there would only be one winner.

Dylan Ryan added a fourth for the Aussies on the half hour mark when he headed home from a well-worked corner before Roberts scored his fourth after a great run and cross by Joel King.

It took almost 25 minutes into the second half for the Joeys to add another goal but it was worth the wait.

Some enterprising play down the left saw Rahmat Akbari get the ball, he played the ball onto a surging Eduardo Castaneda whose first-time left-foot shot curled into the top corner.

A Philippines error was pounced upon with 12 minutes left for Mark Moric to add a seventh goal before Lachlan Brook got in on the act four minutes from time to complete the huge win.

The Joeys will now take on Thailand in the last four on Friday night, with the winner to meet the victor in the other semi between Laos and Myanmar.