Vietnam picked up their second win in Group A of the AFF Under-15 Girls’ Championship 2019 when they roll over Timor Leste 16-0 here at the Institute of Physical Education.
With the battle in the group expected to be between Vietnam and Myanmar for the two places to the next round, the 16 goals were ten short of the 26 that Myanmar blasted against the same opponents two days earlier.
Provided that Myanmar come out tops in their match against the Philippines later in the evening, it would set the perfect stage for their duel against Vietnam to see who will win the group so as to stand a better chance in the crossover semifinals.
“The match against Myanmar (in the final group tie) will be important. So today, we tried to change the players and move them about as we were playing against a weaker opponent,” said Vietnam head coach Nguyen Thi Mai Lan. “We got the results that we wanted.”
For Timor Leste, the calmer weather seemed to have inject more confidence into their game as they remained calmed having to defend for much of the day.
There was no going beyond the halfway line for the Timorese but they defended stoutly and was full of discipline as they restricted the more mobile Vietnam side to just 10 goals at the end of the first half.
Vietnam top scorers were Tran Nhat Lan and Nguyen Thi Nhu Quynh who scored five goals apiece.
Nhat Lan was on target in the first, 57th, 61st, 77th and 80th minute while Nhu Quynh found the back of the net in the second, eighth, 10th, 18th and 32nd minute.
The other goalscorers for Vietnam were Bui Thi Thuong in the fifth and 11th minute, Ho Ngoc Bao Han (22nd), Nho Thi Thanh Truc (30th), Nguyen Thanh Thuy (58th) and Ta Thi Thuy (67th).