Young Socceroos cap off flawless Marbella tournament with another win: ‘It’s a big surprise’

The Socceroos were too good for trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand in London.

A-Leagues prospects Thomas Waddingham and Bailey Brandtman were among the goals as the Young Socceroos ended the Marbella Week of Football Tournament unbeaten following another penalty shoot-out victory.

After conquering European giants France and the Netherlands on penalties, Australia overcame Denmark 7-6 via spot-kicks in Spain on Wednesday (AEDT).

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The Under-19 tournament’s Facebook page labelled the Young Socceroos’ campaign a “big surprise.”

Image source: Marbella Football Centre

Brisbane Roar sensation Waddingham made it two goals in two games with his 18th-minute strike as the Young Socceroos’ starting XI included six A-Leagues-based players – Waddingham, Zach Lisolajski (Western United), Fabian Talladira (Adelaide United), Alexander Badolato (Western Sydney Wanderers), Joshua Inserra (Melbourne Victory) and Franco Lino (Melbourne Victory).

Waddingham has emerged as the player to watch for the Roar this Isuzu UTE A-League season after playing a starring role in Brisbane’s run to the Australia Cup final.

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The 18-year-old scored his fourth Australia Cup goal in as many games at Allianz Stadium on October 7, becoming the youngest cup final scorer since the tournament recommenced in 2014. 

He opened the scoring against the Danes, who equalised four minutes before half-time.

Denmark hit the front within three minutes of the second half start and they appeared on track for a win until Central Coast Mariners youngster Brandtman struck three minutes from the end.

Brandtman scored against France in the team’s tournament opener the Mariners youth player found the back of the net again midweek.