Malditas dominate Malaysia in AFF Women’s Championship opener
Santino Honasan on May 03, 2015 04:26 PM
BACK IN THE GAME: The Philippine Malditas make a successful return to international competition. (Photo courtesy of http://www.aseanfootball.org)
The Philippine Women’s National Football team got off to a strong start in the 2015 AFF Women’s Championship last Saturday, with a 3-0 win over Malaysia at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
The retooled Malditas, may have not competed internationally since December of 2013, but there didn’t seem to be any rust in the squad’s play as they dismantled the Malaysian ladies for their first win in the group stages.
Fil-Canadian Jesse Shugg opened the scoring for the Malditas in the 24th minute for an early 1-0 advantage. In the second half however, the Pinay lady-booters pulled away, thanks to a brace from Fil-American Joana Houplin, which came within a span of three minutes (72’, 75’).
The opening win positions the Malditas at the top of Group B with three points. Also with three points is Vietnam, who trails just by goal difference, while Myanmar and Malaysia round out the group, both win no points yet.
Up next for the Philippines will be a matchup against Myanmar this coming Monday, May 4. They close out the group stages two days later against Vietnam.
Group A on the other hand, is composed of the Australian U-20 squad, Laos, Indonesia, and Thailand. Australia and Laos currently sit atop the Group A with three points each.