Myanmar beaten by Thailand in AFF U-16 Championship semifinal


Myanmar’s Pyae Phyo Aung leaps up to intercept an elevated kick during yesterday’s AFF U-16 semifinal match at Delta Sidoarjo Stadium. PHOTO: MFF

ALONE goal scored from Thanarin Thumsen early in the second half was enough to place Thailand U-16 national football team in the final of the AFF Under-16 Championship 2018, after their 1-0 win over Myanmar U-16 national football team in yesterday’s semi-final, which was played at the Delta Sidoarjo Stadium in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Myanmar lined up with Kaung Khant Kyaw, Thaw Zin Htet, Nyan Lin Htet, Captain Naung Naung Soe, Aung Ko Oo, Pyae Phyo Aung, La Min Htwe, Shin That Aung, Yan Kyaw Soe, Khum Kyaw Zin Hein and Goal Keeper Nay Lin Htet.

Myanmar forced play at the start with smart tackling, but Thailand became the aggressor with a strong, sustained attack. The first half ended with scoreless draw with both teams’ to and fro efforts.But the match intensified in the second half with better play by Thailand.

Taking advantage of Myanmar’s ragged defence line, Thailand scored a single or the winning goal in the early minutes of the second half, with a quick action by Thai’s footballer Thanarin Thumsen, combined with the support of his team midfielder teammates.

Myanmar tried to equalize the goal, but all efforts were blunted with some uncertainty by Myanmar’s young attackers who could not muster a goal. — Lynn Thit (Tgi)

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