Filipina footballers fight hard but lose to Taiwan
The Philippine 16 and under women’s team was eliminated on Tuesday, October 7 from a chance to proceed to the Asian Football Confederation U16 Women’s Championship in China after taking a 5-2 drubbing from Taiwan.
The Philippine National Women’s Team, called the Teen Malditas, fought hard until the final seconds of Tuesday’s match but were up against Taiwanese players who were technically more skilled and in better condition.
The Philippine team trained only two weeks for the tournament and the lack of adequate preparation was apparent. The players from Taiwan controlled the ball for most of the game.
After a 6-0 loss on Sunday to Myanmar, the Philippines will not qualify to proceed to China but they will play Cambodia on Thursday for a chance to bring home a win and not suffer a total shutout. Cambodia and the Philippines are tied for last place in the tournament with zero wins and two losses each.
Taiwan and Myanmar have won both of the games they have played so far in the tournament and are tied for the lead with two wins each and no losses.
Taiwan and Myanmar will play on Thursday and the winner will proceed to the Asian Football Confederation U16 Women’s Championship in Wuhan, China in 2015. The top two finishers in that tournament will go onto the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup to be held in Jordan in 2016 and organized by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
In Tuesday’s game against Tawian, Philippine goals were scored by Itsuko Bacatan at 38:20 and by Joyce Semacio with a clever misdirection penalty kick at 23:12. Philippine goalkeeper Natasha Lacson received a yellow card in the second half of the game for a strong block.
The Philippine team’s starting players on Tuesday included Itsuko Bacatan, Tejanee Isulat, Tenelyn Otom, Joyce Semacio, Icee Calimbo, Riza Carmona, Angela De Luna, Cecile Deita, Mikhaela Jumawan, Natasha Lacson, and Khryztel Muring.
Substitutes included Jennifer Baroin, Yasmin Elauria, Patricia Francisco, Jan Reese Jumawan, Arantxa Trebol, Annika Velez, Lindsay Whaley, Joannah Adao, Joanna Almeda, Bianca Almeda, Alexa Ceniza, and Kaitlyn Dabalos. -