Pemulway's Ellie Carpenter, 16, scores first goal for Matildas against China

Feeling good: Pemulway teenager Ellie Carpenter celebrates after scoring her first goal for the Matildas. She is the first millennial to play international football for Australia. Picture: Getty Images/Octavio Passos

Feeling good: Pemulway teenager Ellie Carpenter celebrates after scoring her first goal for the Matildas. She is the first millennial to play international football for Australia. Picture: Getty Images/Octavio Passos

Westfields Sports High School student Ellie Carpenter is the toast of Australian football after scoring her first international goal.

The 16-year-old from Pemulway scored a late header against China to help Australia to a 2-1 win and top group C in the Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal.

Ellie latched on to a corner from Emily van Egmond and erupted with jubilation before being swamped by teammates.

Her mother Belinda said the family, who were watching from Australia, were stunned by the goal.

“We didn’t even know it was her because it was such a scramble in the box,” she said.

“We went, ‘Oh my god, we scored’ and then we realised, ‘Oh my god, I think it was her’. It was like we were on a delay, it was really weird.”

Australia had to work hard for the win after China scored in the 36th minute.

The Matildas’ comeback started in the 61st minute when Emily Gielnik slotted a volley from a pinpoint cross from van Egmond, before Ellie took her chance.

Australia will play for third against Denmark after finishing with two wins and a loss in three games with ladder placings determining final placement matches.

Ellie, who was a key member of the Western Sydney Wanderers 2017 W-League campaign, has had a phenomenal year after making her Matildas debut and going to the Rio Olympics.

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