VIENTIANE (11 May 2017) – Philippines booked their place in the semi-finals of the Under-15 Girls’ Championship in style when they whipped Cambodia 3-0 as Singapore fought their way back into contention with a 2-1 win over Indonesia.
With just four teams in Group B, the fight for a place in the next round is now down to between Singapore and Cambodia who have each picked up three points while Indonesia are already out after two losses in a row.
The final game in the group in two days will determined who will make the cut to the next round to join the Philippines with Singapore having the tougher tie of having to take on the group leaders.
Cambodia will complete their group fixtures against Indonesia.
In the game this evening, the top of the table clash saw a confident Philippines side taking to the field against a Cambodian side which seems a little fatigued for the task ahead.
And this affected their game as the more physically superior Philippines side made full use of their advantage to contain the Cambodians to much in their own half.
Midfielder Alexander Yap, who was a handful in their first game, continued to terrorise the Cambodians defence. And in the 14th minute, she delivered the first goal for the Philippines with an exquisite freekick to beat Cambodian keeper Kory Muoykanha.
Cambodia tried to put some semblance of a fightback and the best that they could muster throughout the evening was a 34thminute effort from Chhorn Sreynit, who while managed to shirk her marker, just could not find the finishing touch for the goal.
That failure to draw level prodded the Philippines into further action and just before the break, a nice build up from the right saw Lazo Diaz scoring from close range.
With Cambodia hardly putting up a fight as they continued to defend in numbers into the second, the Philippines took more control of the game as they attacked from either flanks to put the pressure on their opponents
Several chances went begging for a fine finish although Anya Fuentes finally found the third goal for the Philippines in the 65thminute for the final score.