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Monday, September 17, 2018
Indonesia v Kyrgyz Republic - AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers

Kuala Lumpur: The AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers resumes on Monday with teams aiming for a place in the next stage. 

Teams in Groups A, B, C, D and F continue their campaign to earn the right to advance to the second round of the Qualifiers, which will see eight teams vying for four places in the Finals.

DPR Korea, Korea Republic, Japan and Thailand have already qualified for the Finals next September.

Group A

Guam 0-20 China

Colombo: China PR opened their Group A campaign in spectacular fashion after scoring a resounding 20-0 victory over Guam at the CR & FC Grounds in Sri Lanka on Monday.

Shao Ziqin and Fu Congcong were the stars of the match as they combined to score 11 goals against Guam who were no match against their superior opponents following their 4-2 victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday.

The East Asians started off strongly and took the lead through Shao’s effort in the second minute and she doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute as China PR scored five more through Wang Xinling (27th minute), Wang Jingyi (30th), Shao (42nd), Fu (44th) and Jiang Chenjing (45th), while Guam’s Guzman conceded an own goal in the 34th minute as China PR took a comfortable 8-0 lead at halftime.

China PR were relentless after the break as they did not give Guam space, scoring 12 more goals through Wang Jingyi (54th), Li Lanlan (56th), Fu (61st), Shao (61st, 63rd), Chi Shiying (68th), Fu scored twice in the 71st minute and added another four minutes later while Shao added her sixth in the 90th minute, followed by Wang Yuling (91st) and Shao Zijia (94th minute).

Sri Lanka 0-7 Jordan

Colombo: Jordan secured their first qualifying campaign victory after defeating Sri Lanka 7-0 at the CR & FC Grounds in Sri Lanka on Monday.

Jordan, who shared the spoils with Uzbekistan in a goalless stalemate on Saturday, opened their account through Zaina Hassan’s effort in the 41st minute and scored their second in stoppage time from Lina Tawfiq Mohammad Almaiah’s strike.

Sri Lanka, who lost 4-2 to Guam on Saturday, tried to force their way in the second half but their efforts fell flat against their sturdy opponents as Jordan added five more goals in the second half.

Enas Faris Ahmad Aljamaeen scored Jordan’s third in the 52nd minute and doubled her tally in the 79th minute while Aleen Hussein Mahmoud Alsweilmin added another in the 82nd minute followed by Shaima' Alhadidi’s effort five minutes later before Enas completed her hat-trick in the 90th minute.

Group B

Mongolia 1-2 Hong Kong

Ulaanbaatar: Hong Kong bounced back from their opening day loss to beat Mongolia 2-1 at the MFF Stadium in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Monday.

Hong Kong suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of India on Saturday but they rebounded in style as they took a 2-0 lead at halftime against Mongolia.

Hui Wing Ching Amelia broke the deadlock in the 11th minute to give Hong Kong the early advantage and Ishikawa Karin made it 2-0 in the 26th minute.

Mongolia, who defeated Pakistan 8-0 on Saturday, took time to find their rhythm and finally found the net in the 47th minute through Ganchimeg Tsolmon’s effort but it was not enough as Hong Kong stayed firm to walk away with the three points.

Pakistan 0-3 Laos

Ulaanbaatar: Laos secured their first win in Group B following their 3-0 victory over Pakistan at the MFF Stadium in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Inthida Khounsy found the net after just six minutes and PE doubled the lead in the 15th minute as Laos took a two-goal lead into halftime.

PE scored the third goal for Laos in the 62nd minute and Pakistan, who lost 8-0 to Mongolia in their opener, could not find a way back into the match.

Group C

Singapore 0-6 Thailand

Hisor: Thailand opened their qualifying campaign in style following a 6-0 victory over Singapore at the Hisor Central Stadium in Tajikistan on Monday.

Singapore who beat Tajikistan 4-1 on Saturday fell behind following Khwanjira Ngok-wong’s strike in the 41st minute and conceded two more after Janista Jinantuya found the net a minute before halftime while Pluemjai Sontisawat made it 3-0 in stoppage time.

Thailand picked up the pace in the second half as Ngok-wong scored the fourth in the 51st minute followed by Arita Matchawanich’s effort in the 82nd minute and Jinantuya added the sixth in the 90th minute.

Tajikistan 3-0 Northern Mariana Islands

Hisor: Tajikistan registered their first win in the Qualifiers, beating Northern Mariana Islands 3-0 at the Hisor Central Stadium.

The Group C hosts suffered a 4-1 loss to Singapore in their opener, but put themselves back into contention for the group’s top two spots with Sobirova Amina securing a hat-trick.

The No. 19 forward gave the Central Asians the lead in the 18th minute, before scoring back-to-back goals in the 56th and 57th minutes to ensure Tajikistan a convincing win.

Thailand, Singapore, Islamic Republic of Iran and Tajikistan are all tied on three points, while Northern Mariana Islands sit at the bottom of the group, and will look to bounce back when they play Thailand on Friday, before facing Singapore two days later.

Group D

Palestine 0-11 Australia

Bishkek: Australia started their Group D campaign in fine fashion as they sailed to a 11-0 win over Palestine at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium.

Nia Stamatopoulos almost opened the scoring when she unleashed a superb shot from 30 metres out which struck the crossbar, but Georgia Beaumont neatly converted the rebound to take the lead before Stamatopoulos found the back of the net with a free-kick in the 12th minute.

Alana Jancevski furthered Australia’s advantage with her strike from the edge of the box in the 22nd minute, and Stamatopoulos secured her hat-trick with goals in the 39th and 46th minutes.

Palestine returned in the second half with a stronger defence and managed to hold Australia back until the 57th minute with Isabella Wallhead’s header following a corner kick, before Beaumont scored her second with a volley in the 65th minute.

Australia’s goal frenzy then resumed in the 82nd minute with Walhead scoring her brace, while Charlie Farmer etched her name on the scoresheet six minutes later, and Anna Hunt scored two goals in the final two minutes of added time to end the proceedings.

Indonesia 3-0 Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek: Indonesia continued their fine form in their second match in Group F, as they beat Kyrgyz Republic 3-0 at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Monday.

After a slim 3-2 victory over Palestine in their opener, Indonesia were out from the get-go to claim the lead, but it was Kyrgyz Republic who had the first chance of the game with Akhmatkulova Zairina’s strike that flew wide.

Sheva Imut Furyzcha broke the deadlock a minute before half-time when Safira Ika Putri sent a through pass to the left and Furyzcha released a strike from a difficult angle that bounced between Kyrgyz Republic goalkeeper Sadykova Akylai’s feet and into the net.

Kyrgyz Republic played rather defensively in the second half and when they showed momentary sign of weakness in the 55th minute, Indonesia capitalised on it through Azra Zifa Kayla’s header that found Firanda and she easily beat Akylai to double their lead.

In the 62nd minute, Ika Putri sent a brilliant cross into the box, and Furyzcha stooped low to head home and seal a second win for Indonesia and top spot in Group F.

Group F

Lebanon 6-3 United Arab Emirates

Dhaka: Lebanon continued their fine form as they beat fellow West Asian rivals United Arab Emirates 6-3 at the Birshereshtha Sipahi Mohammad Mostafa Stadium.

After a convincing 8-0 win over Bahrain in their group opener, Lebanon took an early lead against UAE with Zahraa Assaf sending a long range strike past the Emirati goalkeeper in the 10th minute before turning provider 10 minutes later with a brilliant cross into the box for Farah El Tayar to double their advantage.

UAE reduced their deficit in the 39th minute when Reem Almahri fired home Sahad Khaled's deflected shot but Assaf scored her second of the night three minutes later to regain their two-goal lead. However it was UAE's Sendya Gharib Almazrouei who had the final say in the first half wit a close range effort.

Shortly after the break, Lebanon were awarded a penalty kick when Nathali Alabed was brought down in the box, which Assaf neatly converted to complete her hat-trick in the 47th minute.

Synthia Salha made if 5-2 for Lebanon when she outmaneuvered two UAE defenders and sent the ball into the bottom left corner of the net in the 52nd minute.

A minute into the restart, Khaled scored UAE’s third goal when the Lebanese goalkeeper failed to held on to the ball but suffered a setback when they were penalised for a rough defensive play in the box following a corner kick, which then allowed Assaf to seal the win with her 66th minute spot-kick.

Bahrain 0-10 Bangladesh

Dhaka: Bangladesh showcased a dominant performance in their Group F opener, beating Bahrain 10-0 to register a fantastic start to their campaign.

Anai Mogini opened the scoring for Bangladesh in the 12th minute with a strike from the edge of the box, before fellow striker Maria scored in similar fashion but from the left to double their lead five minutes later.

Anuching Mogini scored her first goal of the Qualifiers in the 19th minute, and added a second in the 35th minute before before Shamsunnahar (No. 11) made it 5-0 a minute into added time to claim a comfortable lead going into the break.

Substitute Sajeda came off the bench to replace Annuching Mogini in the 46th minute, and less than 10 minutes later, she etched her name on the scoresheet, and Shamsunnahar (No. 11) scored her second in the 57th minute before teammate Shamsunnahar (No. 3) converted a spot-kick in the 60th minute.

Maria became the third member to add a second goal to her name in the 72nd minute, while Tohura ended proceedings in the 81st minute to claim an emphatic opening day win.


Photos: Mongolian Football Federation, Football Federation of Sri Lanka, Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajiksitan Football Federation