Hong Kong’s Chan: Players could have done better in narrow Guam win

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women’s team coach Chan Suk Chi was dissatisfied with her team’s performance against in their closing match of the Round 2 Women’s Tournament.

Cheung Wai Ki scored the game’s lone goal, which also marked the hosts’ first goal of the tournament, in the first half. Two chances to extend the team’s lead bounced off the woodwork, perhaps adding to the coach’s frustration on a muggy Hong Kong midday.

“We seldom train in this hot weather at this time, but the players worked very hard,” Chan said after the match. “I think the players can do better; one goal wasn’t enough.

“We hit the bar, and also because of the hot weather some of the players struggled physically. We had to make some changes and that affected the build-up of play.”

Meanwhile, Guam coach Belinda Wilson expressed pride in her players despite their exit with no points and just one goal scored to 22 allowed.

“We’ve taken a lot from this tournament and I’m proud of the girls,” the interim coach said. “It’s about moving forward now and rebuilding now in the next three or four months.

Wilson already has an eye on what the young side needs to improve ahead of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifying tournament in April.

“Our conditioning and fitness levels aren’t good enough to play tournament football, and from a technical point of view, our passing and decision-making need to improve immensely,” she elaborated. “We’ll work on those things ahead of the AFC competition and I’m sure we’ll improve.”