BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (24 August 2014) – An emphatic 4-3 win over Vietnam gave Myanmar the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy (HBT) 2014 crown in the final that was played at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
“We deserved the 4-3 win as we had more ball possession and we created many chances in the game but Vietnam were dangerous every time we made a mistake but we were one goal better,” said Myanmar coach Zerd Geise.
“We came here to prepare for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) tournament in October but whenever we are on the pitch we always want to win.
“It was a great final and I must say I appreciate the Vietnam team. They have fantastic individual football players, but we have our individual (stars) as well.”
Myo Ko Tun scored the first of his two goals in the 16th minute when he capitalised on a mistake from Vietnam goalkeeper Lee Van Truong.
Vietnam equalised in the 38th minute when an ummarked Phan Van Long had all the time in the world to blast the ball in from the edge of the penalty box.
Myanmar goalkeeper Myo Min Latt was beaten again just three minutes after the restart off a brilliant Ho Tuan Tai solo effort as Vietnam out their noses in front for the first time in the game.
But two goals from Ko Tun (58th minute) and then Maung Maung Soe (60th) regained the lead for Myanmar as Vietnam then regrouped for Player of the Tournament Nguyen Chong Phuong to slot home to put the score on 3-3.
As Vietnam were all eager for the equaliser, it was Aung Thu who emerged as the hero for Myanmar when he fired in the winner from 30 metres out.
COMMENT - Indonesia sent their Under 19s and they lost three games, an unusual concurrence for them, drew one and defeated Singapore 6-0.
They lost 3-1 to Brunei, 3-1 to Vietnam and 2-1 to Cambodia while drawing with Malaysia. No doubt everyone will now be called for coach Indra to be sacked!