• Filipinas elicit draw from Thais in AFC U1

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    The Philippines’ match with Thailand in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U14 Regional Championship at the Chao Anouvong Stadium in Laos ended in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday.

    After scoring a win in the opening day of the competition, the young Filipina booters achieved a feat by eliciting a draw from powerhouse Thailand.

    The Philippines took control of the match early with a goal by Katelyn Alexander in the 12th minute for a 1-0 advantage for her squad.

    But the Thais came back before the break with a goal from Chatchawan Rodthong, leveling the score at 1-1 in the third minute of stoppage time.

    Thailand continued their raids as play resumed in the second half to finally take the lead courtesy of a shot by Ploychompoo Somnonk in the 42nd minute.

    But the Filipinas refused to go down without a fight as their continuous attacks paid off with an equalizer by Alexander during added time.

    The Philippines and Thailand are now tied with a record of a win and a draw but the latter still holds a one-point advantage on goal difference to claim the top spot.

    During the opening game, the Filipinas clobbered host Laos with a late-game surge to clinch the team’s primary three points in the tournament.

    Maria Lazo, Alexander and Carleigh Frilles propelled the squad to their win over their Laotian foes with all goals scored in the final 15 minutes of the bout.

    The Filipinas are housed in Group A of the competition with Thailand, Laos and Cambodia while defending champions Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore are clustered in Group B.

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