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SEA Games: Lady booters finish 4th after heartbreaking loss to Myanmar

By Jonas Terrado

The Philippines gave up two goals in stunning fashion late and lost 2-1 to Myanmar Sunday night to fall short of a bronze medal finish in women’s football of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Members of the Philippine women's football team console each other after losing 2-1 to Myanmar in the SEA Games bronze medal match at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. (Photo from the Philippine women's football team)

Members of the Philippine women’s football team console each other after losing 2-1 to Myanmar in the SEA Games bronze medal match at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. (Photo from the Philippine women’s football team)

Quinley Quezada’s opening before the hour mark went for naught as July Kyaw scored the equalizer before Yee Yee Oo struck the eventual winner as Myanmar denied the Malditas a medal finish for the first time since the 1985 Games in Bangkok.

Disappointed faces were seen after the match, but most of the 3,000 fans applauded the women’s team that came close to reaching the gold medal match of the biennial meet.

“We were very prepared, we knew what we wanted to do against Myanmar, but when we were attacking, we pushed a lot of players in front, in those transitions we lost a lot of players in the middle,” Malditas coach Let Dimzon said.

“The first goal came from a transition play, they switched right away and that’s a problem for our backline,” she added.

The Malditas began the competition by holding Myanmar to a draw before securing a place in the semis when Sarina Bolden’s hat trick resulted in a 5-0 drubbing of Malaysia in the two games held in Binan, Laguna

Hopes of a dream upset disappeared in the semis when Vietnam scored twice in the second half to suffer a 2-0 defeat last Thursday, also in Binan.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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