The Philippine Under-14 Girls national football team thrashed Myanmar, 5-1, to advance to the finals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U14 Girls Regional Championship on Saturday at the Chao Anouvong Stadium in Vientiane, Laos.
After going unbeaten in the preliminary round, the Filipinas continued their winning form in the playoff round to seal a berth to the championship match.
The young booters will once again face 2014 final round rivals Thailand in the closing game of this year’s regional youth-level girls football meet.
During the semifinals, the Philippines banked on the hat-trick performance of high-scoring Filipino-American standout Carleigh Frilles in the second half to notch the win over their Burmese counterparts.
It was Trinity Wambolt who opened the scoring for the Pinays in the 12th minute of the contest but her goal was cancelled out by Myat No Khin’s goal in the 19th as the two squads enter halftime tied at 1-1.
As play resumed, the Filipinas stepped on the gas pedal with Frilles quickly clinching her first two goals of the contest in the 37th and 55th minutes.
National Capital Region’s Maria Lazo also made her presence felt in the match after her shot found the back of the net in the 58th minute to give her team a sizeable 4-1 advantage in the final stretch of the bout.
Frilles capped off her impressive output with a strike in the 67th minute to complete the Philippines’ rise to the penultimate match of the tourney.
The Filipinas wrapped up the preliminary round with a pristine record of two wins and a draw after three games in Group A.
The team opened its tour of duty in the regionals with a 3-1 win over host Laos through a late-game rally before holding Thailand to a 2-2 draw in their second outing.
The girls completed their campaign in the eliminations with a 1-0 win over Cambodia as Trinity Wambolt scored the lone strike in the 44th minute.