• Filipinas U16 ends AFC campaign with win over Malaysia

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    The Philippine Girls’ Under-16 National Football Team capped off its campaign with a 5-0 win over Malaysia on Monday in the 2017 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Championship qualifiers.

    Defender Denise Graellos ignited the fire for the Philippines with a two-goal haul, including the team’s opening goal in the seventh minute.

    The match picked up its pace in the second half with the strike by prolific scorer midfielder and skipper Tejanee Isulat in the 51st minute.

    The Malaysians sent a couple of raids but failed to penetrate the defense of the Filipinas until the dying minutes of the game.

    Substitute Caitlin Levasseur, who came in for Marienell Cristobal in the 30th minute, also posted a goal in the 58th minute.

    Midfielder Isabella Mahoney scored another goal the Philippines in the 65th minute while Graellos completed her brace in the 78th.

    The Filipinas ended their preliminary round journey in the continental meet at the second spot of Group B with a record of three wins and a loss. However, it was not enough to tow the Philippines to the knockout stage.

    The Filipinas open their campaign with back-to-back victories against India, 2-0, and Northern Mariana Islands, 13-0. But their 0-7 loss to South Korea prevented them from qualifying for the next stage of the tournament.

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