HANOI (11 Sept 2016) – Timor Leste started their campaign in the AFF Vietcombank Under-19 Championship on the right note when they edged the Philippines 2-1 in the opening game of Group A here this afternoon at the Hang Day Stadium.
Midfielder G. Monteiro gave Timor the best of start when he fired in a rebound after just ten minutes before striker H. Wilson added the second goal of the game in the 37th minute.
“It was good to pick up the full points from the first game but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Timor Leste coach Shigeo Yamazaki after the match.
“We have to improve in the midfield if we want to make the next round.”
The Philippines were a little slow off the block and by the time the two Timor goals were scored, they finally sprang into action after the breather.
Mark Winhoffer was a handful each time he goes forward and after some persistence, the Philippines finally pulled a goal back in the 75th minute through Jordan Jarvis from the edge of the Timor box.
“We recovered a little late in the second half although generally we played well in spite of some mistakes here and there,” said Philippines coach Dan Padernal.