Group B - MD1: DPR Korea 10-0 Vietnam
Chonburi: DPR Korea got the defence of their AFC U-16 Women’s Championship title off to a resounding start with a 10-0 win over debutants Vietnam in Group B action at the IPE Chonburi Stadium on Monday.
DPR Korea are seeking a fourth Continental title and based on their form against Vietnam, the East Asians will be a tough team to beat in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019.
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DPR Korea took charge of the game from the start with Kim Chung-mi their livewire as she orchestrated numerous attacks which the Vietnamese defenders had to work hard to thwart.
The striker, however, was not to be denied as she opened the scoring in the eighth minute after she intercepted a goal kick, surged forward and placed the ball beyond Vietnam goalkeeper Dao Thi Kieu Oanh's reach with a right-footed effort.
DPR Korea continued pressing Vietnam and they had several chances to widen their lead, with Ham Ju-Hyang, Sin Pom-hyang and Hong Song-ok all coming close.
The second goal, however, came just a minute before the half-time whistle after Vietnam’s Ngo Thi Thu brought down Kim Myong-nyo in the box. Referee Thein Thein Aye pointed to the penalty spot and Sin converted.
Hwang Yong-song’s DPR Korea continued to dictate proceedings in the second half and the inevitable third goal came six minutes into the restart as Myong Yu-jong slotted home Ham’s pass.
Kim Hye-yong showed wonderful skill to score the fourth in the 55th minute as she waltzed past a sliding Ngo Thi Huyen and drove the ball beyond despairing ‘keeper Thi Kieu Oanh.
Hong then etched her name on the scoresheet with a long-range strike from near the half-line mark into the top corner of the net two minutes later.
Skipper Sin had a chance to further extend her side’s lead but failed to connect with Myong Nyo’s cross into the box, only for the ball to land at the feet of Ham, who duly hit home in the 67th minute.
With the points sealed, DPR Korea made substitutions with no effect on their potency as Kim Kye-jong rose highest to head in Ham’s corner kick four minutes later, before she doubled her personal tally with another sublime header on 78 minutes as the defending champions led 8-0.
Yu Jong struck once more in the 85th minute when she sidestepped Thi Thu in the box, and sent the ball into the bottom left corner, before captain Sin scored the final goal two minutes into added time to cap an emphatic victory.
DPR Korea go up against China PR on Thursday, while Vietnam take on Korea Republic in the day’s earlier match.
Hwang Yong-song: DPR Korea head coach
“Since this is the first match, every player was under stress but they worked really hard and did their best, according to our strategy and plan. But during the half-time break, I could also see that the girls were really excited, so I told them to remain composed.”
Nguyen Quoc Binh: Vietnam head coach
“Firstly I want to congratulate DPR Korea. Our team is really young and don’t have that much experience. In the first half, we had a good performance but we didn’t keep it up during the second half, against a team that is really strong. There’s still much for the girls to learn.”
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