Dooley claims first win as Azkals see off Nepal

Thomas Dooley recorded his first victory as Philippines coach after his charges cruised to a 3-0 win over Nepal in Friday’s international friendly at the Grand Hamad Stadium.

20-year-old Curt Dizon got Philippines on their way after 15 minutes when he beat the offside trap following an excellent through-ball from fellow debutant Daisuke Sato, before advancing on goal and sending a low shot into the back of the net.

Two minutes after the half-hour mark, it was 2-0 when Martin Steuble when he headed home a cross from James Younghusband for his first international goal in only his third cap.

Nepal were just unable to produce a reply as the Azkals continued to create chances, although Steuble, Phil Younghusband and Ruben Doctora were all unable to convert decent opportunities.

But just as the clock ticked over into injury-time, Doctora finally added a third with a neat finish to put the result beyond doubt.

The win was Dooley’s first since taking charge of Philippines in February, following a 0-0 draw and 1-0 defeat to Malaysia and Azerbaijan respectively.

The rising force in Southeast Asian football are next in action on Monday when they take on Qatari club side Al Ahli, as they continue to build towards the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup which takes place in Maldives next month.

The Azkals, who finished third in the last edition of the Challenge Cup, are aiming to go all the way this time around and book their place at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia.

Philippines: Nick O’Donnell, Simone Rota (Charley Pettys 83’), Rob Gier, Juan Luis Guirado, Daisuke Sato (Anton Del Rosario 79’), Chris Greatwich Martin Steuble (Simon Greatwich 82’), Jason De Jong (Phil Younghusband 52’), James Younghusband (Kenshiro Daniels 64’), Curt Dizon (Ruben Doctora 46’), Patrick Reichelt.


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