Newcastle's Emily van Egmond continued her stellar run of form for club and country by netting her first international hat-trick as the Matildas beat Thailand 6-0 at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday night to qualify for the final round of the AFC Women's Olympic Qualifiers Tokyo 2020.
After an initial arm wrestle, van Egmond opened up the match with two late goals prior to the break. Australia then pressed home their advantage in the second half with van Egmond completing her match treble, Kyah Simon recording a brace and substitute Hayley Raso rounding out the scoring.
With two wins from two starts, the Matildas moved back to the top of Group B, moving past China PR, who recorded a 5-0 win over Chinese Taipei earlier in the afternoon.
Matildas coach Ante Milicic praised Australia's patience and second-half performance.
"Look, I'm delighted," Milicic said. "We obviously dominated possession, created, I think, 21 clear goalscoring opportunities."
"[I'm] pleased again to score six goals at any international level, keep a clean sheet and in the end win convincingly."
Van Egmond was also content with the overall team performance.
"I am just happy to support the team in whatever role I am put in," the Melbourne City midfielder said.
"We have had a big emphasis on 'Don't waste half of the game', and I think going 2-0 in at half-time was pleasing.
"Then to finish it off again with six goals I think speaks to where this team is at at the moment."
With both China and Australia through to the play-off round, top spot in Group B will be decided at Western Sydney Stadium on Thursday night.