Malditas inch closer to semis ticket in the AFF Women’s Championship

17 August 2019

By Kevin Estrada

The Philippines won back-to-back wins in the AFF Women’s Championship after routing East Timor, 7-0 Saturday afternoon at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi, Thailand.

Let Dimzon’s Malditas moved into higher gear after their 3-0 win over Malaysia last Wednesday and the 74th-ranked side in the world continued their rampage by tearing the Timorese apart, inching closer to a landmark semifinal appearance for the very first time.

Continued where they left off, Camille Rodriguez and Hali Long each had a brace for the Filipinas, with the former zoomed to the top of the goal-scoring charts with her fourth goal of the tournament as they set their sights on the hosts and reigning queens on Wednesday.

Quinley Quezada opened her account for the country just five minutes into the match, as she poked home the rebound after Alisha Del Campo’s initial effort hit twice on the post, with Sara Castañeda doubled their lead eight minutes later on a header.

Rodriguez got her first past the midway point in the first half with yet another header, then completed her double with a tap-in deep into added time for a 4-0 lead at the break.

Not even a change of kits did not hamper the Malditas as Hali Long took over from the Stallion-Hiraya winger, as she made it five past the hour mark from the spot, after substitute Hazel Lustan was tripped by Trifonia in the box.

Less than 15 minutes later, the Green Archers United completed her brace with a left-footed volley, as Charisa Lemoran completed the rout in stoppage time by with her debut strike on her left footed effort.

Philippines: Palacios (GK), Lim, Long, Rodriguez, Dolino (Bernal 58′), Quezada (Inquig 56′), Impelido (C), Castañeda, Simarago, Lemoran, Del Campo (Lustan 43′)

East Timor: Agostinha (GK) (Leonilda (GK) 42′), Trifonia, Martinha, Maria (C), Natalia (Rosa 27′), Luselia, Marcia, Dolores, Nilda (Julia Freitas 53′), Elvira, Godeliva

Photo courtesy of Malditas head coach Let Dimzon

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