16 August 2014

Philippines romp to first victory

Saturday, August 16, 2014
PHILIPPINES gunned down Timor Leste 3-1 to pick up their first win in Group A of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy competition last night.
Kenshiro Michael Lontok Daniels slotted in their first of three goals after his header sailed over Francisco Ronaldo Exposto Gusmao in the 35th minute.
They doubled their lead when Kenshiro’s through ball into the box connected with Jaime Vicenzo Duclayan Cheng who made a quick side step before planting his shot into the back of the net in the 48th minute.
Timor Leste pulled one back in the 59th minute, Marcos Morais Guasmao firing the ball into the back of the net after capitalising on a fumble by Philippines goalkeeper Patrick Phillip Bravo Deyto.

 Kennedy Uzoka scored the final goal for the Philippines after heading in a Dominic Liam Del Rosario corner in the 86th minute.
The Azkals sit in third in the group table with four points from three games but they can no longer contend for a semi-finals spot.
The semis berths belong to Thailand and Myanmar, currently in first and second with nine points each but the latter have a game in hand.
Timor Leste started the game on the right foot, creating a number of chances at goal at the Berakas Sports Complex.
Their best opportunity in the early stages of the game came when Nataniel De Jesus Reis got onto the ball in the box before firing straight into the body of goalkeeper Patrick in the 6th minute.
The momentum soon changed, as the Philippines started to close in on their offensive play.
They were sending in numerous shots but none really threatened as they kept firing off target.
Timor Leste eventually got back into rhythm but the Philippines goalkeeper would clear the ball every time they encroached on his territory.

Both sides picked up their offensive play, leading to Kenshiro’s opening goal.
The goal didn’t faze Timor Leste as they continued to press, which almost saw Rufino Walter Gama equalise but his header missed by inches in the 44th minute.
The Philippines played with more urgency in the second half, culminated by Jaime’s goal in the 48th minute.
Timor Leste missed out on a great opportunity to bring themselves back into the game after unmarked Henrique Wilson DA C Martin saw his shot scrape by the left post in the 50th minute.
They continued to send in more punishing strikes and eventually scored their sole goal of the game.

Timor Leste hunted desperately for an equaliser, their best chance came when Henrique made a solo run into the box before pelting the ball into Patrick’s chest in the 65th minute.
Their hopes of salvaging a draw came to an end when Kennedy put the game out of reach in the 86th minute.

The Brunei Times

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