Thailand won the AFF BIDC U16 football Championship after an authoritative 3-0 win over Myanmar in the final at the Olympic Stadium late on Sunday evening.
Having beaten overwhelming favourites Australia in Friday’s semifinals, the Thais dominated the pitch, adding two goals to their 1-0 half-time advantage.
On the other hand, Myanmar, who made the final at the expense of Laos, created a couple of good chances, but those efforts were completely overshadowed by Thailand’s domineering play.
“We worked hard for this win.
We did not have a lot of time to prepare but with the cooperation from the various clubs we were able to bring the players, coaches and team officials together for this tournament,” Thai manager Jintiya Jinarat said.
A neat header from Sittirak Koetkhumthong’s in the 41st minute gave Thailand the much vaunted initiative.
Late in the second half, Natthapong Nakpitak and Jinnawat Russamee boosted the tally.
Before the final, Australia hammered out a 10-2 win over Laos to take third place.
Hosts Cambodia went out in the Group stage.