PH girls blasts Singpore, 6-0
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Philippines blanked Singapore, 6-0, in the opening game of the Asian Football Federation (AFC) U14 Girls Regional Championships at the Thong Nhat stadium yesterday, June 10th.
The convincing victory over newcomer Singapore came at the back of a visibly nervous Philippines missing a number of good chances to score in the first half.
Midfielder Joyce Omboy Semacio opened the scoring spree with a goal in the 10th minute from a free kick on the right side of the pitch. This was followed by a strike from Itsuko Maree Bacatan from Cebu City on the 23rd minute. She added another in the 70+2 minutes to register her first brace in an international tournament.
Both Batang ‘Gapo striker Lindsay Whaley and goakeeper Yasmin Elauria started for the national side.
The Pinays showed their dominance by keeping the ball in the midfield, launching searching balls at the left side of their attacking third. However, many of their attacks were called for offside.
A series of substitutions in the second half by coach Dimzon sealed the fate of the Singaporeans.
Arantxa Mari Trebol of Cebu City added another at 46th minutes, while Francesca Anne Marie Suerte of Ilo-Ilo City scored at 68h minutes.
Singapore midfielder Sharifah Khaliesah Syed Hassan accidentally added to the dizzling goal tally of the Philippines on 60 minutes with an own goal.
Meanwhile, defending champion Vietnam lived up to their reputation with a scorching 8-0 scoreline against Cambodia in the second half.
Midfielder Tran Thi Hai Linh was Vietnam’s wonder girl as she scored a whopping five goals (12’, 19’, 33’, 38’, 62’) while skipper Nguyen Thi Thu Hien registered a double (3’, 7’).
Substitute Dao Thi Hien who came on the pitch after 36 minutes scored a single four minutes later in the Group A match.
The winners of both matches are set to square off on Wednesday, June 11, at 5pm.
Philippine coach Leti Dimzon is hoping the the girls “will loosen up” against Vietnam, while Cambodia will take on Singapore in the second match day of Group A. Group B is composed of Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar.
The five-day tournament is part of AFC’s effort to develop the next generation of football players in the Asean region. Aside from the Asean region, the U14 championships are also being held in South and Central Asia, East and West. (30)