The Philippine Girls Under-16 National Football Team opened its campaign in the AFC U16 Women’s Championship qualifiers on a high note after defeating India, 2-0, on Sunday at the Luneng Football School in China.
The Filipinas quickly took control of the match with an early strike and finished the game strong with another goal late in the game to clinch their first victory in the tournament.
The Philippines was aggressive from the get-go as the initial strike of the meeting came in the sixth minute off a conversion of San Carlos City’s Tejanee Marie Isulat.
The Indians went on the offensive in search of the equalizing goal throughout the first half but were unlucky as the Filipinas entered the halftime break on top, 1-0.
Heated action continued as both squads engaged in an exchange of raids with the Philippines having an edge on the attacking end.
The Filipina crew once again pounced on the weak defense of India in the dying minutes of the contest as Andie Tiongson found the back of the net in the 82nd minute.
The Filipinas are on track to clinch a seat in the final tournament at the provisional top spot of Group B after the opening day with a win and three points on their record.
Joining the Philippines in the group are South Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Malaysia and India.
The team is slated to play three more games in group stage in their plight to secure the lone ticket in their group to qualify for the championship to be staged next year.
The Filipinas will meet the Northern Mariana Islands Lady Ayuyus for their second outing at 4 p.m. on August 30.