Youth players in action during
the U-16 national youth league
earlier this year. Brunei's U-16
team lost 9-0 to South Korea.
Picture: BT file
The national Under-16 team suffered two consecutive defeats at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Championship in Laos.
Brunei were thrashed 9-0 by South Korea in their third group H match at the National Sports Complex in Vientiane yesterday.
Captain Yuk Geun-hyeok and Lee Hyeong-kyeong were the biggest factors for the South Korean scoring a hat-trick each in the game.
Brunei who kicked-off their campaign with a 4-1 win over Guam on Saturday, and lost 8-0 to Malaysia on Monday currently sits third in the table with three points, while South Korea now topped the group with maximum six points out of their two games.
South Korea coach Chung Jung-yong made a number of changes from the side that hammered Guam 13-0 in their qualification opener on Monday but it did little to affect their goal-scoring prowess.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Syahmi Rashid who scored a hat-trick against Guam was the only notable absence for Brunei's starting eleven under new Under-16 coach, Stephen Ng Heng Seng.
According to the AFC official website, Captain Yuk opened the scoring with just eight minutes into the game before Lee doubled his sides advantage in the 26th minute.
You Ju-an made it 3-0 in the 37th minute before Lee grabbed his second two minutes from the interval as the South Koreans took a commanding 4-0 lead into the second half.
Defender Park Dae-won extended that lead just five minutes after the restart before Brunei kept the Koreans at bay until the 73rd minute when midfielder Jang Gyeol-hee got his name on the score sheet to score the South Koreas sixth of the day.
Skipper Yuk scored his second and South Koreas seventh four minutes later before completing his hat-trick in the 89th minute.
Not to be outdone by his captain, Lee netted his third one minute into second-half stoppage time to round off a second comprehensive victory for the two-time AFC U-16 Championship winners.
Brunei is one of 40 nations, divided into 10 groups, participating in the tournament which runs from Sept 21-29.
The Wasps have been placed in Group H together with Laos, Guam, South Korea and Malaysia in the 16th edition of the tournament.
They will play Laos tomorrow at the National Sports Complex.