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‘Good starting point’ as Filipinas interact with Fiji in a friendly way

22 Apr 2022 | 08:49 | Football


Philippines women's soccer team in a friendly match against Fiji.  PFF . PHOTO

Philippines women’s soccer team in a friendly match against Fiji. PFF . PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines women’s soccer team overcame Fiji, 7-2, in an international friendly on Thursday as part of a training camp in Sydney.

Quinley Quezada, Anicka Castaneda and Tahnai Annis scored twice, while Dominique Randle also scored a goal against Filipinas for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam and the Women’s Football Championship world 2023.

Quezada, who celebrated his 25th birthday, opened the scoring in the 13th minute before Castaneda doubled the lead three minutes later.

Randle scored her first international goal in the 35th minute when Annis scored a comeback in the 39th and 43rd minutes before Castaneda completed her brace in the 44th minute to take a 6-0 lead at the break.

Quezada limited the lead to a goal in the 78th minute, responding to consecutive Fijian goals from Cama Nasau and Adi Volitikoro.

“Results are one thing but we are looking at our performance. There were some good patches, some good moments but we were a bit broken in some parts just because the players were out for two months, not training in a team environment. Overall, it’s a good starting point for us,” said Filipinas coach Alen Stajcic.

“We will work hard to make sure we get back to the level we were at the Asian Cup. We have another game on Monday and three more and two more weeks in camp before flying to Vietnam. It is really good preparation for the SEA Games.”

The Philippine women’s soccer team will train in Sydney until May before competing in the SEA Games.

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