College of Asian Scholars, club representing Thailand, collects 3 points and is ready to win the zone championship in the final game after defeating ISPE FC from Myanmar with a score of 2-0 in the AFC Women’s Club Championship 2022 Pilot-Tournament East Zone, matchday 1 at Chonburi Stadium.
ISPE came into the tie aiming to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat to Chinese Taipei’s Taichung Blue Whale but found themselves on the backfoot early in the match against College of Asian Scholars.
The Thailand outfit, who started with four national team players put their opponents under pressure from the start when Phonphirun Philawan tried to feed Kanyanat Chetthabutr through on goal but ISPE keeper Zu Latt Nadi was quick to intercept.
College of Asian Scholars’ Orathai Srimanee then tried her luck from distance in the eighth minute but the midfielder couldn’t get her shot on target as the ball sailed over the bar.
The home side found their breakthrough in the 14th minute with Ploychompoo Somnonk orchestrating a beautiful through ball for U-Raiporn to slot past Zu from above the box.
ISPE played in patches with Shwe Yee Tun missing two clear-cut chances with her efforts coming from inside the box following well-organised team moves.
Zu was constantly kept on her toes and had to produce some good piece of goalkeeping just before the half-hour mark when she foiled Orathai’s effort from inside the area.
College of Asian Scholars, however, were not to be denied their second in the 32nd minute with Kanyanat angling a difficult header past Zu.
ISPE came out fighting in the second half but found it hard to break their opponents down as College of Asian Scholars held on for the win and will now square off against Blue Whale for the East title on Sunday.
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