Chinese Taipei edges PH XI

By Olmin Leyba, The Philippine Star

Posted at Oct 22 2012 09:12 AM | Updated as of Oct 22 2012 05:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Chinese Taipei beat the Philippines for a place in the second round of the qualifiers for the 2013 AFC Women's U-19 championship with a 1-0 victory last night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Pan Yen-Hsin let loose a looping long shot that sailed beyond the hands of Phl keeper Inna Palacios in the 35th minute as the Taiwanese (six points on 2 wins and a loss) took runner-up honors behind unbeaten Myanmar (nine points on three wins) in Group C of Qualification Round 1.

Myanmar, which completed a sweep of the four-nation Manila qualifiers with an 8-0 whitewash of Hong Kong in the first game, tows Taipei to the Qualification Round 2 alongside seeded Vietnam and Thailand. PH U-19 wound up third in the qualifiers with three points while winless HK ended deadlast.

"Good fight, we gave it our all. But this isn't the end for us. Everything we're doing is all for the progress of women's football. Even if we didn't qualify for the second round, our programs continue," said PH goalkeeping coach Melissa Marquez.

Pan scored the game-winner in a counter off a 1v1 situation bungled by the hosts. PH tried in vain to score the equalizer, stymied by lack of finishing and poor quality of passes.

"We're having problems with finishing. The goal was a result of miscommunication and mismatching in defense. But overall, their (Taipei's) possession was good, especially from the back," Marquez said.