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    Filipina booters hit new high by reaching finals of AFC Girls U-14 Championship

    Jun 14, 2014

    LOCAL football still found a way to make the limelight amidst the ongoing World Cup fever.

    The Philippines continued its Cinderella run in the Asian Football Confederation Girls U-14 Championship for Southeast Asia as it stunned Myanmar, 2-1, on Saturday at the Thong Nat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City to reach the final of the regional tournament.

    After finishing on top of their group following a 1-0 upset of host Vietnam and blowout wins against Cambodia and Singapore, the Filipina booters mirrored the Azkals’ resilience as they came back from an early deficit to pull off the semifinal victory.

    The Let Dimzon-coached squad thus advanced to the championship match on Sunday where the national team takes on the winner of the other Final Four pairing between Thailand and Vietnam.

    Whatever the result, the Filipinas have already surpassed their best finish last year when they wound up in fourth place.

    Itsuko Bacatan and Joyce Semacio struck for the Filipina teenagers against the Burmese, who gained an early lead eight minutes into the game.

    But Bacatan equalized just five minutes later, before Semacio fired the winning goal in the 65th minute.

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