Filipinas end 37-year SEAG medal drought by beating Myanmar in battle for bronze

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) – The Philippine women's football team finally clinched a medal in the Southeast Asian Games after 37 years.

The Filipinas came from behind to eke out a 2-1 victory over Myanmar in the battle for bronze medal in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Saturday at the Cam Pha Stadium in Quang Ninh, Vietnam.

The Filipina booters first won a SEA Games medal in 1985, also a bronze medal, when there were only three competing teams in the tournament.

Quinley Quezada made the game-winning goal that completed the four-minute goal fest for the Philippines in the second half.

Quezada received the assist from Sarina Bolden inside the box to convert the goal in the 76th minute, with the ball going on top of the box.

Bolden was likewise responsible for equalizing the match off a counter attack in the 73rd minute, with the ball tapped by Burmese goalkeeper May Zin New before touching the net.

The Filipinas bounced back in the second half after Myanmar notched a lucky break in the 24th minute, when Filipinas defender Ryley Bugay committed a strong push to Burmese striker Win Theigi Tun near the box resulting into a penalty for the Tin Myint Aung-mentored squad.

Tun converted the penalty kick as the ball went to the different direction of Filipinas goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel.

In the 38th minute, the Filipinas almost equalized the match with team captain Tahnai Annis benefiting from a running attack, but her goal try was thwarted by New.

The Burmese booters failed to convert a goal in the remaining minutes of the match as the Filipinas avenged their defeat in the 2019 SEA Games bronze medal match.