BY S. SIVABALAN
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia again left it till late before seeing off the Philippines 4-1 in their second Group B match of the Tiger Cup at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.
Malaysia, who had also struggled in the first half against newcomers Timor Leste in their first match, again missed a hatful of chances and could only manage one goal, with Liew Kit Kong’s tame header beating Filipino goalkeeper Louie Michael Cases in the 17th minute.
Four minutes later, Malaysia should have made it 2-0 when Mohd Amri Yahyah was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
But skipper Rosdi Talib’s weak kick to the left corner was easily tapped away by Casas.
Malaysia also had a stuttering start to the second half, with Amri blowing a couple of chances before finally providing the pass for Khalid Jamlus to score with a simple tap-in in the 67th minute.
The Philippines’ defence collapsed and Malaysia were running freely into their opponents’ half.
Mohd Khaironnisam Shahabuddin made it 3-0, slamming the ball in from short range, off Amri’s free-kick in the 74th minute.
Amri earned another penalty when he was again brought down in the box in the 76th minute. This time, Khalid stepped up and made no mistake.
With Malaysia cruising, the Philippines managed to get a consolation goal in the final minute through Chad Edward Gould.
Malaysia: Mohd Syamsuri Mustafa, Mohd Khaironnisam Shahabuddin, Rosdi Talib, Norhafiz Zamani Misbah, Chan Wing Hoong (Chow Chee Weng), Wan Rohaimi Ismail, Mohd Fadzli Shaari, Liew Kit Kong, Mohd Shukor Adan, Mohd Amri Yahyah (Mohd Nor Ismail), Mohd Khalid Jamlus (Mohd Ivan Mohd Yussof).
Philippines: Louie Michael Casas, Raymund Tonog, Wilson Delacrus, Anton Edward Del, Mark Petersen, Peter Jaugan (Chad Edward Gould), Roel Gener, Jefferey Liman (Ian Araneta), Christopher Robert,Ariel Zerrudo (Emlei, Alexander Borromeo).