Guam coach Belinda Wilson saw plenty of positives in her team’s 8-1 defeat to Chinese Taipei on Friday in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Round 2 Women’s tournament.
Despite conceding after just two minutes, the Masakada fought back, equalising thanks to Paige Surber’s solo effort and even threatening to take the lead several times before Chinese Taipei re-established control with a goal rush in the last 15 minutes of the first half.
“Giving up an early goal is never a great way to start but we recovered well,” Wilson said after the match. “We created a lot of problems for the opposition and we got a goal back so I’m very happy.
“I’ve got confidence (in the team); I’ve been trying new things and they’re accepting the challenge. We need to be a little more composed in certain areas and once we do that, we’ll get a result.”
Her victorious opponent, Chinese Taipei coach Masayuki Nagira, readily acknowledged the challenge his side will face when they take on Korea Republic, who have amassed an aggregate score of 27-0 after their two matches against Guam and Hong Kong.
“Korea Republic are strong and have balance on both sides of the ball, so it’s an honour to play against them,” the Japanese coach said. “We have two days to plan our strategy and try to find a way to beat them.”
Hong Kong will face Guam at the Hong Kong Football Club on Monday before Korea Republic and Chinese Taipei meet later that afternoon.