The Philippine Under-14 Girls National Football Team finished second in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U14 Girls Regional Championship after losing to Thailand, 0-1, at the Chao Anouvong Stadium in Laos late Sunday evening.
The Filipinas, fresh off a commanding 5-1 win over Myanmar in the semifinals, were handed their first loss in five games in the regional football championship.
The Pinay booters launched a couple of attempts early in the first half but were unable to pierce through the defense of their foes.
Despite being on the attacking end, the team absorbed a blow in the 19th minute as Thai striker Phattharanit Duangkaew saw a gap in the back-line and scored the only goal of the contest.
Head coach Joyce Landangan’s wards attempted to retaliate but the Thais foiled all their attacks until the end of regulation.
Thailand, that bagged its second trophy in the regional tournament, beat the Philippines in the finals for the second time—the first in 2014, when the Pinays lost, 2-1.
The Philippines had a total of two wins and a draw in three games in Group A.
The squad opened the tourney with a 3-1 win over hosts Laos through the goals of Maria Lazo, Katelyn Alexander and Carleigh Frilles in the final 15 minutes of the game.
The Philippines held rivals Thailand to a 2-2 draw in their initial clash in the preliminary round with Filipino-American Alexander leading her crew with a brace performance.
Trinity Wambolt led the Filipinas U14 crew in their final elimination round game with a lone strike to power her team to a 1-0 win over Cambodia.