Bangladesh continued their amazing run in the Asian Football Confederation Under-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers as they outplayed Singapore 5-0 in their second Group C match at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday.
Captain Krishna Rani Sarkar and substitute forward Anuching Mogini netted a brace apiece while midfielder Mousumi Jahan added the other to provide Bangladesh their second consecutive victory.
Following their vital 3-0 win over Iran in the first game, the Bangladesh girls seemed more confident, dominating their opposition, especially in the latter stages of the tie.
Although the hosts scored one in the opening half, it is safe to say they could have netted at least three more goals if the chances were utilised.
Despite misfiring in the first half, Bangladesh dominated their opponent while their ball possession increased after resumption. Singapore failed to create any notable chance throughout the game and were mostly busy organising their defence.
The home side had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock with only seven minutes into the clock. Queen of the wings, Sanjida Akhter, ran free towards the goal, broke into the penalty area but her shot was blocked by a defender. Shopna collected the rebound at the edge of the six-yard box but her attempt went inches wide off the post.
Mousumi hit the sidepost in the 18th minute with her attempt from the right side of the box before Krishna's shot on the rebound flew over the crossbar.
Six minutes later, defender Nargis Khatun's header went straight into the hands of Singapore goalkeeper Nur Izzati. Just two minutes had elapsed when Krishna shot wide from close range after a lovely cross from right-back Sheuli Azim.
Krishna had two more chances in the 30th and 39th minutes. Even though her first attempt went wide following a Shamsunnahar cross, her second effort gave Bangladesh the lead. Following a superb Sanjida cross from the right flank, Krishna's glancing header hit the back of the net, giving the custodian no chance.
It was Krishna again who doubled the lead two minutes into the second half with a brilliant effort. After Marzia Khatun crossed from the left flank, Krishna collected the ball at the near post and calmly sent the ball home from three yards.
Mogini came off the bench and made an immediate impact, running the opposition ragged. Her first shot on target in the 80th minute from the right of the box was fisted away by the netminder for a corner.
She was not to be denied for long as her first goal came only three minutes later. Tohura Khatun unleashed a powerful shot from the left side of the box but it was parried away by the Singapore keeper.
Mogini however, was there to tap home from inches away.
Mousumi extended the lead four minutes later with a grounder from the middle of the box after a cross from the right flank fell into a goal-mouth scramble.
Mogini headed home from a yard away in injury time to complete the rout.
Bangladesh will take on Kyrgyzstan in their third match on Wednesday at BNS.
WHAT THEY SAID
Golam Rabbani Choton, Bangladesh head coach
We came through another obstacle and [Monday's] positive side is that we continued our dominance from kick-off to the final whistle. As they are very young, only U-16, they struggled to find goals despite going very close but after second half they got better. The girls tried their best and I think we had 85 percent of ball possession. We totally dominated the game.
Chen Caiying, Singapore head coach
Despite the defeat I'm happy with the performance of my girls. They are very young and improving match by match. Their (Bangladesh) number 12 [Krishna] and seven [Sanjida] troubled our defence continuously.
Bangladesh U16 5 0 Singapore U16
Krishna 39, 41, Mogini 83, 90+1, Mousumi 87
Iran U16 9 0 Kyrgyzstan U16
Chinese Taipei U16 5 0 UAE U16