Published on Saturday, 20 October 2012 06:00
Photo - Myanmar U-19 team in departure launch
May Thu Kyaw gave Myanmar a flying start in the AFC U-19 Women's Championship 2013 qualification round in the Philippines on Wednesday, scoring twice in each half to beat Chinese Taipei 3-1.
Though Chinese Taipei came from behind to level it 1-1 in the first half of the Qualification Round One match, they failed to keep up the tempo and saw Myanmar seal a decisive win at the Rizal Memorial Track and Field Stadium in Manila.
The Myanmar team took the lead 20 minutes into the Group C opener when striker May Thu Kyaw scored her first goal. Pan Yen-hsin scored the equaliser for Chinese Taipei in the 34th minute.
The Myanmar women footballers made several attempts to regain the upper hand but failed to do so in the first half.
Twenty minutes into the second-half, it was May Thu Kyaw again who restored her side’s advantage. Midfielder Win Theingyi Tun made it 3-1 five minutes from time.
The victory sent Myanmar to the top of Group C on goals scored following the Philippines’ 2-0 defeat of Hong Kong in another match at the same venue the same day. Both the goals came in the second half.
Myanmar will take the Philippines today (October 19) and Hong Kong on Sunday (October 21).
The top two sides from each of the three groups competing in the Qualification Round One will join Thailand and Vietnam in the second qualification level, which will be held in Vietnam in December.
Divided into two groups, the eight teams will play a round-robin league there, with the top two teams meeting in a play-off to determine who advances to AFC U-19 Women's Championship in 2013.