Following the conclusion of the week-long tournament in Hong Kong, here is Football Channel Asia’s selection of the round’s best players:
GK: Sophia Garrido (Guam)
In a position especially difficult to judge because of the tournament’s lopsided results, much credit is due to Garrido who at just 16 years of age showed consistent improvement over all three matches and made some fine saves along the way.
DF Shin Damyeong (Korea Republic)
The 23-year-old only made her international debut in 2015, but she demonstrated her fearlessness in this round. Even at a young age she demonstrated the awareness and quick decision-making needed to avert crises, although she was hardly tested by Guam or Hong Kong.
DF Lim Seonjoo (Korea Republic)
The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup participant is in her prime of her career, in solid form for both the national team and K-League Women’s champions Incheon Red Angels. In the deciding match against Chinese Taipei she prevented several chances on goal from opposing strikers Lin Ya-Han and Yu Hsiu-Ching.
DF Kim Hyeri (Korea Republic)
Lim’s teammate at Incheon paired up very well with the other members of the team’s back line; their development as a unit should continue to produce positive results for the Taeguk Ladies in future tournaments.
MF Lin Ya-Han (Chinese Taipei)
The pillar of the Chinese Taipei attack scored five goals in this round, pairing up with Yu Hsiu-Ching to earn positive results against Hong Kong and Guam. Unfortunately, her abilities were stymied by Korea Republic’s strong defending in the final match.
MF Jung Seolbin (Korea Republic)
Jung’s larger build allows her to compete physically with opposing defenders and gives her an incredibly powerful shot. Her four goals against Guam in the first 48 minutes more or less set the pace for Korea Republic in the tournament, and she also put in a memorable performance against Chinese Taipei to share in top scorer honours.
MF Cheung Wai Ki (Hong Kong)
The top scorer in the 2014-15 Hong Kong Women League demonstrated her talents against Guam, scoring Hong Kong’s lone goal of the round. The humble Cheung gave much of the credit for the victory to her teammates, but it was the 25-year-old who distributed passes to teammates and led the team’s attack.
MF Pao Hsin-Hsuan (Chinese Taipei)
The American-Chinese Taipei attacker is considered one of the best female players in her country, which she demonstrated this week. Pao’s experience in Japan’s Nadeshiko League 2 has improved not only her performance, but encouraged her teammates to step up to a higher level as well.
FW Lee Geummin (Korea Republic)
At just 22 years old, Lee Geummin tied with teammate Jung Seolbin as top scorer with five goals to her credit. She demonstrated her speed and agility in all three matches, including the encounter with Hong Kong in which she netted a hat trick.
FW Lee Min A (Korea Republic)
The MVP of the round may have a reputation as an idol in her native Korea, but to focus on her looks would do a disservice to her talent on the pitch. Whether through her speed, crosses on goal, numerous assists, or her shots from both close and long range, Lee Min A is a talent that any team would be lucky to have.
FW Lai Li-Chin (Chinese Taipei)
Lai served as both creator and provider in the tournament, scoring three goals against Guam with her focused attacks and setting up goals by Pao Hsin-Hsuan and Lin Ya-Han against Hong Kong.
COACH – Masayuki Nagira (Chinese Taipei)
The Japanese coach gets the nod for steering his side to big wins against Hong Kong and Guam before holding a dominant Korea Republic to their lowest margin of victory.