Bangamata U-19 Women’s Gold Cup

Laos seal semi berth in goal fest

Bangladesh aim group title

Sports Correspondent

26 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Laos Under-19 Women’s National Football Team stormed to the semi-final of Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup Football Tournament by thrashing Mongolia in 5-0 goal encounter at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on Thursday.

Despite the loss, Mongolia also advanced to the semis courtesy of their 3-0 win earlier against Tajikistan.

Laos started off in an aggressive manner and earned success early in the match with a sensational goal from their star forward PE who sprinted past Mongolia defence coming in from right wing and tucking the ball into the far corner of the post.

The goals came thick and fast as Laos doubled their lead courtesy of Aphatsala Chanhthavonxay who with the help of some fine football sense and a hesitating Mongolia goalie, pushed the ball into the near post to take the scoreline to 2-0 goals.

Aphatsala completed her brace with a brilliant goal on the 32nd minute of the match to advance Laos’ lead by dribbling past couple of Mongolian defenders and slamming the ball into the nets.

Laos continued on with the goal-fest as their forward PE scored her second goal of the match minutes into the second half with a sensational long hauler sprinting in from centre-line, pacing past the defenders and bulleting the long shot above the reaches of Mongolia goalie and into the nets to take the score to 4-0 goals.

Laos’ hunger for goals was unquenchable as they scored their fifth goal of the match on the 82nd minute of the match with a brilliant free-kick of Saysamone Inthaphone.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh are confident of winning the Group B title-deciding match of Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup Football Tournament against Kyrgyzstan today.

The match is scheduled for 6:00pm at the same venue.

Three years ago, Bangladeshi girls defeated Kyrgyzstan Under-16 team by 10-0 goals in the AFC U-16 Women’s Qualifiers at the same venue.

Ahead of Friday’s match, Bangladesh Head Coach Golam Rabbani Choton expressed his confidence. “We’ve already reached the semifinal. Now, we’re eyeing group champions,” he said.

Bangladesh started their campaign in the six-nation meet with a 2-0 victory over UAE in the opening match on April 22. Despite having some close chances, the girls failed to widen the margin due to a lack of finishers and shakiness in the attacking end.

Choton said that they worked theoretically and practically on their weakness for the last three days. “I hope the girls now understand what they have to do,” the head coach added.

Bangladesh are likely to field the same squad.

He said that Kyrgyzstan are a good team but “we’re focusing on the victory [not the margin].”

Kyrgyzstan also reached the semifinals eliminating the UAE by 2-1 goals on Wednesday.

Forward Boronbekova Aizhan and Yrysbek Kyzy Kenzhebubu netted one goal each for the winners while Shahd Khaled Alzarkan scored the lone goal for the UAE.  Aizhan will not play against Bangladesh as she received a red card for committing a serious foul in the 42nd minute.