The stage is set for the Myanmar-Australia clash in Group B of the AFF BIDC Under-16 Championship in two days when they each overcame their opponents with relative ease here today at the National Olympic Stadium.
Myanmar blasted the Philippines 3-0 in the afternoon while Australia thrashed Singapore 8-2 in the second game.
“Consistency is an issue with young players and that was the reason why we struggled at the start,” said Myanmar coach Eric Williams. “We created a lot of chance in either half but we could only managed to score three goals.
“Against Australia, we will not be defensive.”
With the Philippines a little off the pace, it gave Myanmar the advantage in either flanks as the floater came in fast and furious. But with the inability of Pyae Sone Naing, Hein Htet Aung and Win Naing Tun to be sharp inside the box, the several chances created went abegging.
The floodgates finally opened in the 37th minute when Naing Tun ran in between two Philippines defender for a short pass to Htet Aung who had little difficulty in putting it away.
And with just a minute remaining of the first half, Myanmar then added to the advantage when Naing Tun scored from close range.
Kyaw Kyaw Htet then rounded things off with the third goal six minutes to the end.
In the meantime, Australia and Singapore had to wait for more than an hour before they were able to take to the field due to the heavy torrential rain which took place yet again for the second time in two days.
But that slight delay did not allow Australia to lose their focus even though they did fall behind by an 18th minute strike from Singapore’s Rezza Rizky Ramadhani Yacobjan, who punished an over-confident Australian defence.
However, the lead lasted only four minutes when Australia slotted in the equalizer through Ramy Najjarine before they took the lead for the first time in the game off Mark Moric a minute later.
From then on, it was all Australia as Moric went on to add three more goals in the 42nd, 70th and 87th minute.
In between Dylan Pierias added a brace (54th and 90th minute) as Rahmat Akbari score the other.
Singapore’s other goal was scored by Glenn Kweh in the 64th minute.
In the postponed game from yesterday from Group A that was played earlier in the morning at the National Olympic Stadium, powerhouse Thailand kept track of a place in the semi-finals this year with a convincing 3-0 win over Timor Leste.
While yesterday, the game was scoreless at the end of a pulsating first half at the Army Stadium before it was interrupted by rain, this time round Thailand just turned on the magic for the full points.
Jinnawat Russamee opened account in the 52nd minute before adding his second of the morning in the 76th minute. Korawich Tasa then added the third goal right at the end.
AFF BIDC U16 CHAMPIONSHIP
Thailand 3 Timor Leste 0
Myanmar 3 Philippines 0
Australia 8 Singapore 2
2 August 2015
1530 – Brunei DS vs Laos (Army Stadium)
1530 – Vietnam vs Thailand (National Olympic Stadium)
1830 – Timor Leste vs Malaysia (National Olympic Stadium)
GROUP A Current Standings
GROUP B Current Standings