Malaysia lifted their first ever crown in the AFF AYA Bank Under-16 Championship this evening when they edged Indonesia 3-2 after sudden death penalties.
The score at the end of regulation was 1-1.
“I have to thank Lim Kim Chon (the former FA of Malaysia Technical Director) for hiring me for this position,” said Malaysian coach S. Balachandran. “But the win was really the effort of the boys as they played real hard for the win.
“They have stuck to the system which has been set and they play attractive attacking football.”
The game between Indonesia and Malaysia was always going to be very close given the history of the two sides. But while the game started strongly, the slight drizzle affected the quality of the passes and then the pace of the game.
Relying more on counter-attacks as the Malaysians pressed hard at the start, it was Indonesia who went ahead in the 28th minute when striker Gatot Wahyudi ran in off a pass from Reksa Maulana to beat two Malaysian defenders as he slipped the ball past keeper Mohd Haziq Nazli.
Malaysia finished the first half with a rifling shot from Muhammad Syazwan Salihin which rocked the crossbar.
COMMENT - a repeat of the SEA Games 2013 Final when Malaysia triumphed over in Indonesia