PHL girls U14 XI impressive in opening of AFC Regionals

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Friday, June 13, 2014


THE country's Under 14 girls football team surprised even themselves with an impressive six-nil win over Singapore in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Regional Championships at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

The opening victory on Tuesday saw Davao City's Joyce Omboy Semacio scoring in the 10th minute and Cebu's Itsuko Maree Bacatan hitting one in the 23rd minute to give the Philippines a 2-0 lead at half.

Not to be outdone and making sure she can contribute, Arantxa Mari Alvez Trebol of Mandaue City added another goal in the 46th minute. Compounding the Singaporean woes, Sharifah Khaliesah erred and sent home an own goal in the 60th minute.

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Taking advantage of the miscue, lucky Francesca Suerte, an Ilongga, rolled in the young Filipinas' fifth goal in the 68th minute and Bacatan sealed the win in 70 (+2) minute.
The Marnelli Dimzon- mentored Philippine side is playing against defending champion Vietnam in the tournament scheduled for June 10 to 15.

The Filipinas are lumped in Group A with Vietnam, Singapore and Cambodia while Group B is composed of reigning runner-up Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar.

In the national squad are four Negrenses, including San Carlos City FC standouts Princess Beth Caparida, Tejanee Marie Isulat and Tenelyn Otom, and Bacolod City's Chloe Anne Hails.

Others wearing the national colors are Stacey Ann Arthur (Dumaguete City), Jennifer Baroin (Makati City), Jan Reese Jumawan (Cebu City), Annika Bo Velez (Manila), Lindsay Whaley (Subic Bay); Patricia Erika Francisco (Davao City), Glynnes dela Cruz (Romblon), US-based Mikayla Grace Simons (Maryland), and keepers Yasmin May Elauria (Olongapo City) and Alexandrea Gumilao (Zamboanga del Sur).

With Dimzon in the coaching staff are assistant coach Joyce Landagan, goalkeeper coach Melissa Chris Marquez, and physiotherapist Katherine Anne Soriano. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 13, 2014.

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