Unstoppable Uzbekistan beat Maldives, great start for Australia
Kuala Lumpur: Australia enjoyed a superb start to their AFC U-19 Women's Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers, while Uzbekistan remain unbeaten.
The qualifying campaign consists of two rounds. In the Qualifiers Round 1, the group winners and two best second-placed teams will progress to Round 2 where the top four teams will then advance to the Finals.
GROUP A: AUSTRALIA 18-0 MONGOLIA
Beirut: Australia began their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers Group A campaign in emphatic fashion on Wednesday, beating Mongolia 18-0 at the Jounieh Municipal Stadium.
Princess Ibini-Isei opened the scoring in the sixth minute and and added a second in the 11th, before an own goal by Gantumur Temuulen made it 3-0 eight minutes later.
Kyra Cooney-Cross then scored back-to-back goals in the 28th and 32nd minutes, with Amy Sayer also getting in on the act to secure the Young Matlidas a hefty advantage going into half-time.
Australia were relentless after the break as Rachel Lowe scored in the 50th minute goal, before Cooney-Cross completed her hat-trick on 59 minutes, while Aoife Colvill found the net twice shortly after the hour mark.
Taylor Ray got in on the act with a strike on 69 minutes, while Ibini-Isei became the second player to have three goals to her name a minute later.
Colvill duly took her personal tally to four with goals in the 72nd and 75th minutes, before Ibini-Isei, too, scored her fourth of the night on 77 minutes.
Further goals from Rasamee Phonsongkham (85th) and Ray (86th) deepened the woes of a beleaguered Mongolian side, only for Ibini-Isei to round off proceedings a minute before the full-time whistle.
Mongolia will look to bounce back when they meet Hong Kong on Friday, while Australia take on Lebanon.
HONG KONG 0-6 LEBANON
Beirut: Three goals in each half steered Lebanon to an opening day win in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers, after they beat Hong Kong 6-0 in Group A on Wednesday.
Yara Bou Rada was impressive at the Jounieh Municipal Stadium in Beirut, as she bagged a hat-trick with goals in the third, 35th and 42nd minutes, giving Lebanon a comfortable lead going into the break.
Some 64 minutes into the game, Samira Awad made it 4-0, before Bou Rada scored her fourth goal of the night seven minutes later, with Layla Iskandar sealing the win thanks to her 88th minute goal.
GROUP B: INDIA 18-0 PAKISTAN
Chonburi: India flexed their muscles to cruise past Pakistan 18-0 in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers Group B tie at the Chonburi Stadium on Wednesday.
India started brightly and took only two minutes to find the net, Manisha breaking the deadlock and then adding her second 23 minutes later. Devneta Roy scored twice before Daya Devi, Roja Devi, Pakpi Devi and Jabamani Tudu each got on the scoresheet and Eman put through her own goal as India raced into 9-0 lead at half-time
There was no respite for Pakistan in the second half as India dominated possession and punished their opponents with a further nine goals - five of them from Renu who was in sparkling form.
Roy and Manisha went on to claim their hat-tricks, while Roja Devi claimed a brace and Soumya Guguloth also got on the scoresheet.
India will next face Nepal on Friday while Pakistan take on Thailand.
THAILAND 3-0 NEPAL
Chonburi: Thailand secured their first win in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers Group B tie after defeating Nepal 3-0 at the Chonburi Stadium on Wednesday.
Pattaranan Aupachai broke the deadlock after nine minutes of play before Tipkritta Onsamai’s 17th minute penalty gave Thailand a 2-0 lead at the break.
The Southeast Asians added their third goal deep in added time Siriwipa Jantarak as they walked away with the three points.
Thailand will play Pakistan on Friday, while Nepal face India.
GROUP C: UZBEKISTAN 20-0 MALDIVES
Bishkek: Uzbekistan turned on the power to secure a 20-0 win over Maldives and record their second consecutive victory in Group C of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers on Wednesday.
The Central Asians secured eight goals before the break with Ergasheva Nozimakhon (second, 23rd), Kurbonova Shahnoza (sixth), Shodieva Laylo (14th, 42nd), Rashidova Tojinsokhon (41st, 45+6 pen.) and Amanova Sabina all finding the back of the net.
Little changed in the second half as Uzbekistan continued to dominate proceedings thanks to further goals from Saidova Gulzoda (46th, 51st), Giyasova Munisa (48th, 73rd), Shodieva (59th, 64th, 71st), Erkinova Diyora (69th), Tasheva Laylo (74th), Madieva Mukhlisa (81st), Nazarkulova Makhliyo (88th) and Sabina.
Uzbekistan will now look to make it three wins out of three when they play the United Arab Emirates on Friday, while Maldives will be aiming to round off their qualifying campaign with a win against Kyrgyz Republic in the day’s later match.
JORDAN 8-0 SINGAPORE
Hanoi: Leen Yasin Mohammad Al Btoush’s four goals steered a dominant Jordan to a comfortable 8-0 win over Singapore in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers Group C tie at the Vietnam YFTC Field on Wednesday.
Al Btoush opened the floodgates in the 23rd minute, before Rouzbahan Raed A Fraij’s strike nine minutes later doubled her side's advantage. Al Btoush then scored in the 40th and 41st minutes to give the West Asians a comfortable 4-0 lead at half-time.
Jordan continued to dominate their opponents after the break, with Al Btoush claiming her fourth in the 51st minute followed by goals from Tasneem Abu Rob (51st) and Tala Al Barghouthy (89th). Enas Faris Ahmad Aljamaeen completed the rout in added time.
Next up for Jordan will be a clash against Malaysia on Friday while Singapore face Vietnam.
KYRGYZ REPUBLIC 6-2 GUAM
Bishkek: Kyrgyz Republic continued their impressive run in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers after picking up a second win in Group C following a 6-2 win over Guam at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Wednesday.
The Central Asians got off to a bright start as Zarodina Anna scored in the 7th, 11th and 19th minutes to register a first-half hat-trick and establish a comfortable 3-0 lead over the East Asians.
Guam finally found their rhythm and replied in the 36th minute through Lauren Marie’s effort, but their celebrations were to be short-lived as Kyrgyz Republic scored their fourth four minutes later courtesy of Adinai Duishobaeva’s strike.
Guam claimed their second in the final moments of the first half through a Shyann Nadine Cruz Roberto penalty to trail 4-2 at the break.
Anna went on to claim her fourth of the night in the 50th minute and Yrysbek Kyzy Kenzhebubu hit the back of the net in the 88th minute as Kyrgyz Republic sailed to a 6-2 victory.
Kyrgyz Republic will take on Maldives on Friday while Guam face United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
GROUP D: KOREA REPUBLIC 7-0 BANGLADESH
Hisor: Goals from seven different players steered Korea Republic to a 7-0 win over Bangladesh at the Hisor Central Stadium on Wednesday.
Two-time champions Korea Republic enjoyed a great start with Choo Hyo-joo’s goal in the eight minute, before Kang Ji-woo and Mun Jin-seo made it 3-0 with their efforts on 17 and 21 minutes respectively.
After the break, Bangladesh defended resolutely until the 68th minute when Jung Min-young found the back of the net.
Park Mi-deum (70th) and Kim Seo-yeon (80th) added to the scoreline, before Kim Eun-soul scored the final goal of the night on 90 minutes.
On Matchday Two, Bangladesh will face Chinese Taipei, while Korea Republic take on Tajikistan.
CHINESE TAIPEI 7-0 TAJIKISTAN
Hisor: Su Yu-Hsuan and Lan Yu-Chieh dazzled for Chinese Taipei as they combined to score seven goals against Tajikistan in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers Group D tie at the Hisor Central Stadium on Wednesday.
Su found the net in the 27th minute before adding another seven minutes later, while Lan’s 39th minute effort gave Chinese Taipei a 3-0 lead at half-time.
After the break, Chinese Taipei duly picked up where they had left off, as they continued to press their opponents with Su and Lan adding two goals apiece to complete the rout.
Chinese Taipei will next face Bangladesh on Friday, while Tajikistan take on Korea Republic.
GROUP E: VIETNAM 2-1 MALAYSIA
Hanoi: Vietnam produced a stunning fightback to recover from being a goal down to beat Malaysia 2-1 in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers Group E tie at the Vietnam YFTC Field on Wednesday.
Malaysia overwhelmed their opponents in the opening period and drew first blood in the 36th minute through Waitie Taming’s effort to take a 1-0 lead into the break.
Vietnam, however, opened their account on the hour mark through Nguyen Thi Tuyet Ngan’s strike and then sealed the win when Nguyen Thi Hoa scored nine minutes later.
Vietnam will next face Singapore on Friday while Malaysia play Jordan.
GROUP F: IR IRAN 4-1 LAOS
Yangon: Islamic Republic of Iran beat Laos 4-1 in their AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Round 1 Qualifiers Group F opener at the Thuwunna Stadium on Wednesday.
Despite their best attempts, a goal eluded both sides and as the game looked to be going into the half-time break goalless, Fatemeh Ghasemi broke the deadlock in the 38th minute to secure Iran the lead.
Ghasemi scored her second goal of the night a minute after the restart, before Vida Raietparvar extended their advantage in the 75th minute.
Although Phimpha Thongsavang managed to reduce the deficit with her 84th minute effort, Ghasemi restored the Central Asians’ three-goal lead when she completed her hat-trick in the 90th minute to seal a convincing win.