Thursday, 28 October, 2021

Bangamata Football: Laos storm semis with all-win run

Beat Tajikistan 6-0, featuring hat-trick by Saysamon

Laos smartly reached the semifinals of the Bangamata U-19 Women's International Gold Cup football as the Group B champion with all-win record beating all-losers Tajikistan by 6-0 goals in the last group engagement at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday night.

Saysamone Inthaphone made a hat-trick scoring three goals, central midfielder Pe scored twice while Anouta Chanthithongnettedthe other goal for high-flying Laos, which got off to a flying start in the tournament outplaying Mongolia by 5-0 goals on Thursday.

After the match, Tajikistan were eliminated from the six-nation meet empty-handed losing both the matches after conceding 0-3 defeat against Mongolia in the first match on Tuesday last.

Group A champions Laos will play Group B runners-up Kyrgyzstan in the first semifinal on April 29 at 6pm while the Group B champions Bangladesh will take on Group A runners-up Mongolia on April 30, also at 6pm.

In the day's game, Laos got the first goal in the very 4th minute as their midfielder Pe found the net by a right footer (1-0).

In the 25th minute, another midfielder Anouta Chanthithong doubled the margin for Laos (2-0).

Tajikistan got another blow in the 37th minute as Laos were awarded a penalty and Pe did no mistake to convert a spot kick correctly (3-0).

In the second half, rampant Laos also maintained their over-all supremacy in the match with Saysamone Inthaphone making a hat-trick scoring three goals in a row in the half.

She netted the 4th goal for Laos in the 74th minute (4-0) and further widened the margin in the 88th minute scoring 2nd goal by an angular shot (5-0). She sealed the fate of the match scoring another in the stoppage time (91st minute) by a close range shot (6-0).