After a very disappointing 4-nil loss by the Filipinas last Wednesday against host Vietnam, the national team bounced back Thursday with an overwhelming win over Malaysia, 7-nil, to stay in contention in the ongoing Asian Football Confederation U-14 Girls Championship at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam.
The Filipinas sizzled few minutes after the kickoff with a 4th minute goal from striker Cecile Firmeza Deita, as midfielder Joannah Marie Embalsado Adao scored a quick double four minutes later.
With the momentum on the Filipinas, forward Itsuko Maree Bacatan scored double after finding the back of the net in the 19th and 36th minutes to give the Philippine squad a commanding 4-nil advantage.
In the second half, striker Mikhaela Jumawan came in for Dieta in the 44th minute and scored three more goals for the national team: 47th, 48th and 63rd minutes.
Also starting for the Philippine squad against Malaysia are Negrense keeper and team captain Natasha Katerina Lacson, defenders Angela Bea Dongon de Luna, Tenelyn Espana Otom, Icee Calimbo and Jennifer Baroin; midfielders Bianca Almeda, Joyce Omboy Semacio and Khryztel Anne Munich Muring.
On Wednesday, the national squad suffered a blowout from the host team Vietnam, 4-nil, on Nguyen Thi Quynh and Nguyen Thi Nu scoring a pair of goals apiece.
Completing the Philippine team line-up are Negrenses Riza Isabelle Rodriguez Carmona and Arantxa Mari Alvez Trebol; Patricia Erika Punongbayan Francisco, Kaitlyn Dabalos, Chloe Hails and Alexa Ceniza./