Thais drop Filipinas to bronze match

Published May 18, 2022, 6:39 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Photo from Philippine National Women’s Football Team
The national women’s football team saw its bid to win a first-ever gold come to an end after a 3-0 defeat to Thailand in the semifinals of the 31st Southeast Asian Games held Wednesday, May 18 in Quang Ninh, Vietnam.

Coach Alen Stajcic’s side fell behind 22 minutes into the match on Silawan Intamee’s opener before the Thais struck twice in the second half to complete a vengeful win over the Filipinas at Cam Pha Stadium.

It was the first match of both teams since January when the Philippines sneaked past Thailand, 1-0, to open the AFC Women’s Asian Cup campaign in India.

This time, Thailand got a measure of revenge and advanced to the gold medal match against either defending champion and host Vietnam or Myanmar on Saturday.

The Filipinas will look to take home the bronze on the same day against the loser of the Vietnam-Myanmar semis.

Tahnai Annis’ pass was intercepted by the Thais, who went on a counter that resulted in Silawan to score past Philippine goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel.

The scoreline stood until a minute into the restart when Taneekam Dangda, sister of Thai men’s football star Teerasil, scored a left-footed shot close to the edge of the box.

A third goal courtesy of Ploychompoo Somnuek during stoppage time was all cosmetic for the Thais, who progressed to their fifth consecutive final.