Congrats to our youth
Leaving the pitch looking fagged-out and frustrated, Younghusband
characterized a tough night for the Philippine Team, which went down to
Laos, 1-2, in the opening match of the Asean Football
Championship-Qualifiers before a huge crowd at the Panaad Park and
Stadium in Bacolod City.
Laos scored two quick goals in succession early in the second half and
survived the Philippines' late uprising to gain the headstart in the
five-nation tournament along with Brunei, 3-2 winners over Timor Leste
late last night.
The RP booters created the most scoring chances, especially late in the
second half, but were left undone by some poor finishing and Laos'
resolute defense inside the box.
RP keeper Michael Casas failed to keep out Sisomphone Sathongyot's
in-swinging corner kick, allowing Laos to break the ice in the 48 th
The goalkeeper could do little to prevent the Laotians doubling their
advantage a minute later when Visay Phaphouvanin used a fine
first-touch to elude skipper Aly Borromeo and stroke it into the
"We really tried to take the match in the second half and even
equalize. But our problem really was first, our finishing inside the
penalty box needs improvement. Second is our ball movement in the
middle third is still suspect and we need to improve on that. The
second goal surrendered was because of poor concentration," national
coach Aris Caslib said in the post-match conference.
Caslib said that his team was "surprised by the first goal that's why
it surrendered the second goal".