Bangkok: Hosts Thailand gave Macau a crash course in the highest level of Asian futsal, hammering the newcomers 15-0 on Wednesday to announce themselves as contenders for the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship 2018.
Udom Taveesuk’s side scored five times in the first eight minutes, and registered a tournament scoring record in a one-sided affair between two sides at opposite stages of their futsal development
Sasicha Pohothiwong led the scoring with five goals, while Darika Peanpailun scored three on a night where the goals came thick, fast and almost unrelentingly.
Macau’s resistance lasted just over 60 seconds, with Sasicha giving Thailand a near-instant lead after being set up by Mutita Senkram, before the lethal finisher doubled her tally in the third minute – signalling a long night ahead for the debutants.
Nimrattanasing Jiraprapa hammered home a third two minutes later, and by the time Darika beat goalkeeper Ho Ka I from an acute angle, the hosts had scored their fourth goal in less than six minutes.
With Thailand’s passing game leaving their opponents chasing shadows, Jenjira Bubpha slammed home a fifth in the eight minute, before Darika brought up the half dozen six minutes later, then completed her hat-trick just over four minutes before half time.
Macau’s troubles were summed up when confusion over a kick-in routine saw the ball left alone on the floor, allowing Sasicha to steal the ball unopposed and narrowly miss out on completing her hat-trick.
She wouldn’t have much longer to wait, however, tapping home her third with a minute on the clock, before Mutita added her name to the ever-expanding scoresheet to make it 9-0 at half-time.
A more organised Macau emerged immediately after the break, managing to keep the hosts at bay for an extended period and nearly scoring a goal of their own, only for Suksen Sasiprapha’s save to deny Kuok Ut Meng from close range.
Normal service resumed when Sasicha took Thaland’s tally into double figures in the 30th minute, and her personal tally to five less than a minute later before Pacharaporn Srimuan made it 12-0 with eight minutes remaining.
Orapin Waenngoen scored a lovely 35th minute effort, before Jiraprapa Tupsuri became Thailand’s seventh goal scorer and an own goal took their tally to 15 three minutes later.
Thailand, now top of Group A, will continue their campaign against fellow opening-day winners Indonesia on Friday, while Macau’s attention turns to their meeting with Hong Kong.
Udom Taveesuk: Thailand Head coach
“Macau is a developing side and maybe very soon they will improve a lot because they performed well today. Our Thai players followed our tactics and it means we’re confident for the next match. If we can continue to improve we will achieve our target.”
Chiang Ka Chon: Macau Head coach
“Today is the first formal match for our team and the players tried very hard and did quite well. In the coming two days we will recover quickly and prepare for the next match. This is the first time for our team to play in the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship, so it took time for the players to adapt to the moment and the atmosphere. You could see in the second half that we did better than in the first half.