SURABAYA (2 Aug 2018) – Myanmar got their campaign back on track with a 7-0 routing of the Philippines while Timor Leste overcame Cambodia 2-1 on the third match day of Group A of the AFF Under-16 Championship here in Surabaya.
Both Myanmar and Timor Leste were at the losing end in their last match in the group with the former going down to hosts Indonesia 2-1 while Timor Leste were whipped 4-0 by Vietnam.
“We really wanted to win today to put the bad memory of losing the last match behind us,” said Myanmar head coach Nyi Nyi Latt after the match at the Delta Sidoarjo Stadium.
“The players are improving and the team is getting better which is important. We have to maintain tactical discipline.”
Even at half pace, Myanmar were still too hot to handle for the Philippines when they conceded their first goal of the game after just two minutes when goalkeeper Jetrick Fabrigas failed to make a clean save of captain Naung Naung Soe’s stiff grounder.
The Philippines tried to stem the tide but Aung Ko Oo’s second goal for Myanmar in the 25th minute shook Jetrick’s confidence as he went on to make several more mistakes to allow the latter to race to a 4-0 lead at the half.
Myanmar’s two other goals were scored by Naung Soe in the 24th minute and Zaw Win Thein.
The change for France Santos Barrera between the posts injected some confidence to the Philippines backline.
But Myanmar were just too slick in the attack as they added further goals from Pyae Phyo Aung in the 46th minute, Khun Kyaw Zin Hein (53rd) and Wai Yan Soe (77th).
“We are disappointed and sad with the results,” said Philippines head coach Reiji Hirata.
“We are always looking to improve and in spite of the result, I thought that the players did better in their last game.”
In the meantime Timor Leste bounced back to beat Cambodia 2-1 in the match that was played at the Joko Samudro Stadium.
Substitut Ejivanio Da Costa delivered the winner for Timor Leste in the 46th minute after Alto da Cruz 13h minute opener was cancelled out by Cambodia’s Bunthoeun Bunnarong in the 29th minute.