After a scoreless draw against Singapore in the opening match and a 5-0 victory in the second challenge last Friday, Phillips is confident the team he has been grooming since last October’s second-place finish to New Zealand at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup can give Thailand a competitive match this afternoon and on 14 March.
“It was our first game together in five months in a new country, girls were very rusty in the first half but the effort was good, says Phillips.
“We scored a goal in the first half and was awarded it before it was then taken away for reasons unknown, but it was a fairly even first half with both teams erroneous in most facets of play.”
Phillips says the second half was a lot better collectively – the girls defended higher with much more positivity in closing down and winning the ball where possible.
“Because of the change in attitude which resulted in drawing our first match but we continued to work hard and build on in our second match which paid off producing five goals.”
Papua New Guinea plays Thailand this afternoon and on Saturday 14 before they return to home soil where they will continue building for the 2015 Pacific Games.