Young Socceroos lift AFF U-18 Championship after thrilling, late winner

Wanderers Academy players Noah Pagden and Fabian Monge have helped Australia claim a hard fought 1-0 win over Malaysia in the final of the AFF under-18s championship on Monday night.

Pagden had the privilege of captaining the side as Australia secured the crown for the fifth time, having won it in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2016.

Apart from Pagden and Monge, the Red & Black were well represented with Lochlan Constable and Jarrod Carluccio on the bench. All four featured during the tournament.

In a tense match, Adelaide United forward Brook broke the deadlock in the 79th minute with a delicate finish over Malaysian goalkeeper Firdaus Iman Mohd Fadhil.


Gary van Egmond’s side had also fallen 3-0 to the Southeast Asian country in their group stage encounter last week.

“On top of that and it being a final, we were really hungry to show that we are a better side,” Brook told aseanfootball.org post-match.

“And with the display we put on today I think we showed that.”