Tohura Khatun scored a brace as Bangladesh U-16 women’s football shrugged off their previous indifference performance to forced earned a creditable 2-2 goal draw against strong Australia in their third and last group A match of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship held today (Saturday) at IPE Chonburi Stadium in Chonburi, Thailand.
In the day’s match, It was Bangladesh’s Tohura Khatun who gave her side a deserving lead in the 21st minute. Australia had to wait a considerable time to restore parity as Claudia Mauren Mihocic scored the cherished equalizer for Australia in the 77th minute.
But Tohura was not ready cowed down as she again put Bangladesh ahead scoring her second goal for Bangladesh in the 78th minute while Paige Zois saved Australian from total embarrassment as she leveled the score her second goal for Australia in the 80th minute of the match.
The women’s in red and green showed better display today compared to their previous two matches.
Bangladesh took control of the first half of the match but in the second half they failed to keep the tempo which saw them leave the field with draw despite twice taking early lead.
Earlier, Bangladesh suffered a fighting solitary goal defeat to host Thailand in their group A opening match but was dumped by strong Japan by 9-0 goals in their second group match.
Bangladesh U-16 squad -Mahmuda Akter, Rupa Chakma, Yasmin Akter, Mossammat Akhi Khatun, Nazma, Anai Mogini, Nilufa Yesmin Nila, Ritu Porno Chakma, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Monne Chakma, Mossammat Laboni Akter, Sohagi Kisku, Mossammat Sultana, Anuching Mogini, Nouson Jahan, Rehena Akter, Shaheda Akter Ripa, Shamsunnahar, Tohura Khatun, Shamsunnahar (2), Rojina Akter and Sajeda Khatun.