PH Filipinas capture very 1st AFF title

PH Filipinas capture very 1st AFF title

The Philippine Filipinas side whoops it up as they celebrate their victory over Thailand when it mattered most. (Tiebreaker Times courtesy)

By Ismael Amigo

MANILA — The Philippine Filipinas (formerly Malditas) avenged their group defeat to Thailand when it mattered most en route to capturing their first-ever title in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Sunday night.

It came in the form of an impressive 3-0 whitewashing of fierce rival Thailand.

Jessica Cowart led the gritty stand of the Filipinas as she delivered and opened up the national team’s assault with a clean header off a Tahnai Annis corner kick at the eight-minute mark of the match.

This was then followed by Katrina Guillo with a surgical goal in the 20th minute to the delight of a huge crowd of 8,257 spectators, the highest gate attendance in the tourney thus far.

Egged on by the home crowd, the gritty Filipinas side continued with their tenacious defense and offense game plan which was capped by the tournament’s top scorer Sarina Bolden’s 89th-minute marker.

It was Bolden’s eighth overall goal, allowing her to wrest the top scorer award in the prestigious tourney.

And with her golden effort along with her teammates, the Philippines stayed dominant throughout as it ended up 4-1 in the group stage.

They marked their impressive march with a 1-0 victory over Australia, a 7-0 shellacking of Singapore, 4-0 over Malaysia, and 4-1 off Indonesia.

Their only mistake was a 0-1 defeat at the hands of the Thai Elephants although the Filipinas immediately atoned for this by dethroning Vietnam in the semis, 4-0, and shooting the daylights out of Thailand, 3-0, in the finals.

The Times reported that it has been a successful year for the Philippine women’s football team so far.

By reaching the semifinals of the Asian Cup, the Filipinas made their first-ever World Cup qualification, finishing with a bronze in the Southeast Asian Games, and now ruling the AFF Women’s tourney.

Way to go.

(Ogima/mtvn)

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