PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The Cambodian national team began their participation in the 2015 AFF U-16 Youth Championship on a victorious note with a 1-0 win over the Philippines at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The home side utterly dominated the visitors with one-way traffic in a first half which saw the hosts have two goals ruled out for offside, while another was prevented by the bar. However, a 55th minute strike from Teat Kimheng was enough to separate the sides at the final whistle – and provide a valuable three points for the hosts.
Earlier in the day, Myanmar defeated their Singaporean counterparts 3-1.
Group A fixtures kicked off the tournament on Monday with Laos’ Bounphachan Bounkong grabbing the only goal of the game in his nations 1-0 defeat of Thailand.
Elsewhere on Monday, Vietnamese youngster Nguyễn Xuân Kiên put the ball into the back of his own net midway through the first half to gift tournament holder’s Malaysia a slim 1-0 win. The Malaysians held on to gather an important victory in their opening group game.
Monday’s late game between Timor-Leste and Brunei offered much for spectators to cheer. The 2-2 draw came courtesy of goals from Timor-Leste’s Filomeno Junior Da Costa and Dom Lucas Martins Fatima Braz and a double from Brunei’s Mohammad Hanif Aiman Bin Hj Adanan.
Group A will resume on Wednesday with Laos set to face Timor-Leste at Army Stadium, while Brunei meets Vietnam at Olympic Stadium. Thailand will play Malaysia in the day’s late kick-off.
The Cambodian youngsters – who have been pitted in Group B alongside Australia, Myanmar, Singapore and the Philippines – will next take to the turf of the Olympic Stadium for their second group B match against Australia on Thursday at 6:30 pm. It will be the Australians first group game. Thursday’s earlier match will see Singapore test their mettle against the Philippines.