Bangladesh U-16 women's football team concluded their week-long China tour with an impressive 3-1 victory over China U-14 side at Shaanxi Olympic Sports Village in Xi’an, China on Wednesday.
The Bangladesh girls, who landed in China last week, enjoyed quite a successful tour with three wins and a single draw out of five friendlies. The visiting side's only loss came in their opening game against China U-14.
After setting foot in China, Bangladesh lost their first game, despite dominating the opposition. Their two friendlies against Shaanxi ended 4-1 and 3-0 in favour of the touring side but China U-14 proved to be tough opposition.
Like several occasions in the last three years, the girls in red and green showed notable improvements from the first friendly right till the last. This time around, they dominated the entire friendly.
The Bengal girls took the lead with only eight minutes into the clock and it was none other than the in-form striker Sirat Jahan Shopna who, receiving a through pass from midfielder Ishrat Jahan Ratna, broke into the penalty area with three touches before placing past the Chinese goalkeeper.
Shopna struck again in the 23rd minute with a precise header from four yards following a Sanjida Akter corner.
Shopna squandered a golden chance to bag her hat-trick in the 45th minute while defender Sheuli Azim rescued her side from conceding with a goal-line clearance in the 51st minute. Ratna then failed to capitalise on a fine Sanjida pass in the 66th minute.
Monika Chakma extended the lead three minutes before the end of stipulated time. Anai Mogini provided a high cross inside the box, finding Monika at the edge of the six-yard box who poked home. The home side netted a consolation goal through forward Lieu moments before the final whistle through a counter-attack.
Unlike the previous games, Bangladesh made no substitutions on Wednesday. The Bengal girls unleashed 10 shots on and off the target and got six corners in total.
The triumphant girls are scheduled to return home on Thursday. The China tour served as preparation for Bangladesh ahead of the 2017 AFC Women's U-16 Championship, scheduled to be held in Thailand.