BY Fadhil Yunus
BRUNEI Darussalam under-18 team fell to a 2-0 defeat against Myanmar in Group ‘A’ of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-18 Youth Championship at the Go Dau Stadium in Thu Dau Mot, Vietnam last night.
The young Wasps managed to keep Myanmar at bay in the first half but their opponents broke the deadlock through Pyae Phyo Aung in the 55th minute.
Moe Swe doubled the lead for the young Asian Lions in the 73rd minute.
Meanwhile, Indonesia reached the knock-out stage of the tournament after a late own goal deep into injury propelled them to a 2-1 victory over Laos at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.
In their fourth assignment in the AFF, under-18 coach Fakhri Husaini went for a 4-3-3 formation. Indonesia under-18 star Amiruddin Bagus Kahfi Al-Fikri, Mochammad Supriadi as well as David Maulana all saw action.
Laos made it difficult for the Garuda after breaking down their attacks on several occasions. Even, the Laotians overwhelmed Indonesia’s line of defence as they looked to clinch a result which would have opened up the group as far as qualification was concerned.
The Indonesians were unable to find a way past Laos in the opening half. The young Garuda stepped up a gear in the second half. Bagus Kahfi’s strike early in the second half caught the Laos defence by surprise, but his effort cleared the bar.
Five minutes later, it was Laos turn to provide the attack as Indonesia under-18 goalkeeper Ernando Ari Sutaryadi was called into action.
Indonesia received multiple golden opportunities to open the lead but could not make it count.
Indonesia’s worst fears in the 69th minute rang true as they trailed 1-0 when Ernando’s goal was beaten by Alounnay Lounlasy who struck home from outside the box.
However, two minutes later Indonesia succeeded in levelling the scores. Bagus Kahfi continued his fine scoring form after getting the goal with Sutan Zico contributing to the build-up.
Indonesia cut a frustrated side after they threw away a series of opportunities towards the end of the match.
But, there was a late twist as Indonesia snatched the winner after Laos’ Anoulack Vannalath unfortunately turned into his own net.
Timor Leste moved level in points with Laos in the group after they managed a 5-2 victory over the Philippines, who were still searching for their first win.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin