AFC: Malvides 3 – 2 Philippines

Got this from Maldives’ Soccer Website. Anyway, I’m a Filipino, so I’ll repost it. 🙂

Male’, MALDIVES – Maldives get the lifeline they want but the late consolation goal Philippines scored may cost them heavily in the process of qualifying to the AFC challenge cup. Maldives was the better side throughout the game but the visitors took the lead only after 10 minutes.

From a timely corner kick, defender Borromeo rose high to head home the opener.

It was a tense game between both sides, fouls were introduced early in the game and cards started to fly so soon.

Before the opening goal Hassan Rameez (Timo) proved his worth by punching away a decent shot from Arneta, which was clearly on target to the top corner.

In the 23rd minute Borromeo, the scorer, turned out to be the villain by giving away a penalty to home side when he clearly brought down skipper Ashfag (Dhagey) inside the penalty area. Referee didn’t hesitate to show straight red to Borromeo.

Oppo, who scored on Tuesday from a similar position, took the responsibility and sent English Premier League club Fulham’s reserve keeper the wrong way.

In the 29th minute, it would surely be 2 -1 if Shamveel Qasim (Bonda) reacted quickly to shot the ball when he received it all alone in the danger zone. But opponent defenders blocked the ball and Akram’s thunderbolt from the rebounded ball was inches away.

The magic move from a top class player came in the 45th minute. Dhagey proved why he is the ‘man of steel’ when two Philippines defenders couldn’t contain him inside the penalty area and a magic flick proved to be the turning point. Maldives leads at the break 2-1.

Philippines’ intention to stay back inside their half made things a little bit difficult for Maldives in the second half, but they were dominating the ball possession.

In the 50th minute Philippines defender did well to deny Akram inside the penalty area if not it would cost them a lot.

In the 70th minute Maldives survived a real scare from Philippines but from a counter attack they could have kill the game if Dhagey converted 2 Kilo’s cross from close range rather than hitting the ball to the keeper.

In the 78th minute Maldives hit a major blow, at least for the Bhutan game, when defender Sobah was given the marching orders for hitting an opponent player out of play.

But two minutes later 2 Kilo picked a back header from Philippines defender and gave no chance to keeper Neil and fired the ball to the far bottom corner to bring a nation to her feet.

But it was a disastrous moment for the home side in the injury time when substitute Gould headed a consolation goal.

NOTE: Fulham’s reserve keeper is a Filipino??? WOW! I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!

Anyway, here’s our national teem GK:

ethNeil Etheridge is an England born Fulham reserve goalkeeper and used to represent the Under 16 for England. But he played for the men’s national team of the Philippines on May, 2008.

Etheridge has a mountain to climb for him to get into first team play in the Premier League for Fulham since the club has just recently purchased two experienced goalkeepers. This kid looks promising though, he had a clean sheet when he represented his first three games for the Philippines. Hopefully, he will one day be in the level of Peper Reina or Schiemichaels.

Quick Profile:
Name: Neil Etheridge
Birth: February 7, 1990
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6′ 3″
Club: Fulham
Nationality: English, Filipino
International caps: 3


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