PHNOM PENH (19 Feb 2019) – Two wins out of two have given Thailand their place in the semi-finals of the AFF Under-22 LG Cup 2019 following their 3-0 win over the Philippines in a Group A this afternoon at the National Olympic Stadium here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Two goals in the first half and then another after the break gave Thailand – the winner of the inaugural tournament in 2005 – the full six points from two matches played.
“It was a much better performance than what we showed in the first game (against Timor Leste),” said Jaroensak Wonggorn, the scorer of the first goal after the match. “But the heat was really intense today.”
In spite of the bearing heat, Thailand showed no signs of letting things slide as they took the early initiative to push forward.
And just three minutes into the game, the found the opener when Jaroensak beat the offside trap to fire the ball past Philippines custodian Michael Cangco Asong.
The Philippines were struggling to contain the speedy Thai forwards and they could not stop them from adding to the scoreline in the 12th minte with Kittipong Sansanit providing the cross and Jedsadakorn Kowngam nodding the ball in from close.
The Philippines finally came alive in the second half as Mark Winhoffer used his physical presence to his advantage. But with the lack of support upfront and Rico Andres lacking that precision with the crosses, it was always going to be a struggle.
The best that the Philippines could muster was a well-taken freekick from Winhoffer right at the hour mark but which came off the crossbar instead.
And seven minutes to the end, Thailand wrapped things up with their goal of the game when captain Saringkan Promsupa burst through for a stiff grounder past Asong.
“Thailand were every bit as what we expected them to be,” said captain Dimitri Limbo. “But we tried very hard to match them and I thought that we came close in the second half.”
Ceres-Negros FC completed their preseason camp after completing two training matches against Singapore Premiere League squad’s Home United FC and Geylang International FC last February 14 & 19 in Singapore.
The busmen flew to the lion city after their elimination from the AFC Champions league and faced their tormentors in last years ASEAN Final on Valentines day.
The first half ended scoreless with Ceres earning three good chances but all missed their mark to break the deadlock. The second half saw a different story with the visitors racing to two quick goals.
A goal from Bienvenido Maranon off a Miguel Tanton assist and a scrappy goal by Stephan Schrock from a keeper error broke the deadlock for the match while Home United added another in the end.
The second match a more intense affair which saw a many cards with three people sent off. A lone goal from Mike Ott from a Maranon assist would be the difference in the training match with Geylang.
The PFL champs will now complete their preparations before facing Shan United in its opening group match in the AFC Cup of February 26 in Bacolod. Ticket details will be announce on the Ceres-Negros FC Facebook event.
The Philippines Under-22 Team almost claimed an upset win, but were inflicted with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Vietnam in the opening match of the AFF U22 Championship 2019 last Sunday 17 February 2019 at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
After goalkeeper Michael Asong kept Vietnam at bay with several stops on defence, the Philippines took the lead in the 51st minute. Midfielder Jeremiah Borlongan fired a free kick past the Vietnam defense.
The Philippines held on for most of the second half until Vietnam found their resolve by scoring in the 74th and 78th minutes to turn the match around.
Assistant coach Andres Gonzales hailed the resilience of the players despite the loss.
“The boys fought hard, but we collapsed towards the end,” explained Gonzales. “The players did well under the circumstances.”
The Philippines U22 next face Thailand U22 on Tuesday 19 February 2019.
PHNOM PENH (17 Feb 2019) – Two quick goals in the second half gave Vietnam a hard fought 2-1 win over the Philippines in the opening game of Group A of the Under-22 LG Cup 2019 this afternoon at the National Olympic Stadium here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
But the win would no doubt have given Vietnam head coach Nguyen Quoc Tuan plenty to think about as his team wasted a hatful of chances and had to endure some anxious moments before they were able to pick up the full points.
“I am pleased with the results today,” he quipped afterwards.
Vietnam were the overwhelming favourite at the start of the match but as the game progresses, they would find things hard going as Philippines keeper Michael Cangco Asong made saves after incredible saves.
Nguyen Huu Thanh, Le Van Xuan and Tran Bao Toan all failed from close or from afield as Asong hit all the right notes to stop the ball from going in at the end of an exhilarating first half.
But just six minutes after the breather, Vietnam fell behind when Jeremiah Chaboun Borlongan dug in superb freekick to beat custodian Phan Van Bieu from close.
The Philippines then held on for long periods before they finally caved in the 74th minute when substitute Tran Danh Trung made good on the cross from Xuan Tu.
And four minutes later, Vietnam finally went ahead for the first time in the game off a clever flick from another substitute Le Minh Binh from a corner.
“The boys fought hard. But we collapsed towards the end. Thi sis the results of just two weeks of training. I don’t blame the players. They did well under the circumstances,” added Philippines head coach Andres Gonzales.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has called up 23 players that comprise the squad for the Philippine Under-22 team that will compete in the AFF U22 Championship 2019 to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 17-26 February 2019.
The Philippines are in Group A together with Vietnam, Thailand, and Timor Leste.
The players called up come primarily from the university teams that participate in either the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) with a few coming from overseas based teams and Philippine professional club teams.
The head coach is Salvador Salvacion assisted by Coaches Andres Gonzales, Randolfo Clarino, Christopher Pedimonte, and Ralph Datoy. The team had training sessions and played against local clubs as build-up for the tournament.
The Under-22 team will be also form part of the Philippines team for the AFC U23 Championship 2020 Qualifiers this March in Malaysia and hopefully the squad for the 30th Southeast Asian Games which will be held this November in Manila.
“We wish the Philippines Men’s Under-22 team the best of luck as they compete in the AFF U22 Championship 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,” said PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes. “We hope that the players can maximize their full potential during the competition. Joining the tournament is part of the players’ preparations for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games later this year.”
The team left for Cambodia today Friday 15 February 2019.