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Chonburi: Striker Muhammad Harry Danish Mohd Haizon hit a hat-trick to steer Malaysia to an 8-0 win over Brunei Darussalam in their opening 2019 AFF U-15 Championship Group B match at the Institute of Physical Education Stadium in Chonburi, Thailand on Sunday. 

Australia and Thailand were also winners in the other Group B games on Sunday, defeating Cambodia and Laos respectively.

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Malaysia 8-0 Brunei Darussalam

Two goals from Harry Danish in the first 12 minutes was probably a sign of how the match would play out.

The Malaysians, however, would not score any more goals until the first half was almost over, and this was due to the good work of Brunei Darussalam keeper Md Azali Waliuddin Azrini.

With the game in added time and set for the break, Brunei Darussalam imploded and conceded three quick goals. Zubaidi Mohd Buang scored twice while Wan Muhammad Hakim Wan Mohd Nazri netted the other.

Despite their best efforts, Brunei Darussalam were unable to contain their rivals in the second half and let in three more goals.

Harry Danish completed his hat-trick in the 46th minute with Muhammad Nabil Qayyum Zainuddin and Muhammad Aliff Izwan Yuslan completing the win in the 57th and 72 minutes.

Cambodia 1-3 Australia

Across the road at the IPE 2 artificial pitch, Australia had a strong first half to thank for their 3-1 victory over Cambodia.

The Australians got into the groove soon after the start with Massimo D’argenio cracking open their opponents in the 12th minute.

Daniel Helweh found the net twice within a space of six minutes, scoring in the 24th and 30th minutes to provide his team with a comfortable lead going into the break.

Cambodia came charging after the break but only had one goal to show, with Leng Nora's 64th minute effort hitting an Australian player to settle in the back of the net.

Laos 1-2 Thailand

The visitors surprised with a goal in the 10th minute with striker Phomma Khotphouthone nodding home the ball against the run of play.

It was not until the second half that the hosts stepped up their game and managed to draw level in the 43rd minute through Kakana Khamyok.

Laos worked hard to put the brakes on the opposing strikers but it was not to be as Kakana claimed the winner in the 65th minute.

A delighted Thai coach Salvador Valero Garcia said: “It is difficult to play the first match of every competition because you don’t know how the opponent will be and don’t know how to adapt. So, it’s very important to win the match, especially when they score the first goal."

The teams are using the tournament to prepare for the 2020 AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers in September.

Group B
Malaysia 8-0 Brunei; Australia 3-1 Cambodia; Thailand 2-1 Laos 2-1

Group A (All times local)
1500hrs: Indonesia vs Singapore (15.00); Myanmar vs Timor Leste (15.30); Vietnam vs Philippines (18:00)

Sources: ASEAN Football Federation, Football Association of Thailand

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