Thailand retain SEA Games gold after downing Myanmar

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Thailand's defender Tanaboon Hesarat (L) celebrates after scoring a goal against  Myanmar in their men's football final at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 15, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN        (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Defending champions U-23 won the SEA Games football gold medal for the sixth time, since the underage tournament started in 2001, on Monday when they defeated U-23 3-0 in the 2015 final.

Played in front of more than 30,000 fans at the National Stadium Singapore, The Young War Elephants were able to dominate the game since the beginning and made a number of dangerous attempts.

However, the Myanmar’s goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Phyo was in his top performance to deny several chances of Thai players and kept the first half score to remain in a goalless draw.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 54th minute and Chokeetawe Promrut’s men deservedly went ahead when Tanaboon Kesarat after the defender striking a well-timed shot following a loose ball in the penalty box.

Chananan Pombuppha nodded in the second just after the half-hour mark, converting the winderful delivery of the nippy attacking midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin.

Myanmar attempted to pull one back in order to set up a nervous finish, but lacked quality in the final third and the substitute Pinyo Inpinit added a third goal in the 78th minute to seal the victory for Thailand.

Earlier in the day, Vietnam U-23 team took the bronze medals after trashing Indonesia U-23 with a 5-0 win in the third-place playoff at the same venue.