The Philippine national junior football team ended its campaign in the 2016 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-16 Championship with a 0-3 loss against Myanmar at the Army Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Filipinos engaged the Burmese side aggressively in the opening minutes with the exchange of attacks resulting in a scoreless deadlock at the midgame intermission.
Myanmar’s relentless offense paid off after the one-hour mark as Win Naing Tun and Bo Bo Aung gave their side a 2-0 lead following goals in the 60th and 67th minutes, respectively.
Hein Htet Aung delivered the killing blow with his conversion in the 81st to extend their lead to three goals before the end of regulation.
Top prospect Fidel Tacardon, who finished the elimination round as one of the top scorers with four goals, led the Philippines but was unable to score a goal.
The Philippines capped off its campaign in the annual regional youth-level football tournament with two draws and three losses in Group A.
The Filipino booters suffered a 1-3 loss to Singapore on the opening day then held Malaysia to a 2-2 draw with goals by Tacardon and Robert Wilson.
The Philippines absorbed its biggest defeat in the group stage, a 0-7 loss against Australia, before forcing a 3-3 draw against Southeast Asian powerhouse Vietnam.