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Macau Men beat NMI, 3-1

NORTHERN Mariana Islands Men’s National Team Blue Ayuyus failed to keep up with Macau falling to them 3-1 during their second match of the EAFF East Asia Championships 2017 Round 1 tournament held at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.

Macau quickly gained the lead with Lam Ka Seng drawing first blood nine minutes to the first half.

The NMI men retaliated two minutes later thanks to Michah Griffin’s aggressive play which led to a goal off penalty.

The NMI Men’s National Team shows their respects before game time of the EAFF East Asia Championships 2017 Round 1 at Guam.  Contributed photoThe NMI Men’s National Team shows their respects before game time of the EAFF East Asia Championships 2017 Round 1 at Guam. Contributed photo

The game went into deadlock throughout the second half until Macau broke the silence at the 40th mark by Filipe Miguel Duarte for the 2-1 lead.

NMI fought back but Macau stayed on their toes denying another retaliation adding one more goal to close the win 3-1.

In www.eaff.com, NMI’s coach Kiyoshi Sekiguchi shared a few words: “We were a bit better than in the previous game, both defensively and offensively, our possession as well was up. I thought in this match the opponents will have most possession, but I was sure we would have had our chances to score. I believe that we have improved from the past tournament: two years ago we could barely hold on to the ball. Overall I see progress with the team. In the next game as well we might not enjoy much possession, but we want to absolutely win, we don’t want to go home without at least a victory.”

Michah Griffon shared his thoughts as well. We have done most of what the coach asked us to, but we’re not there yet, we can still play better football. Personally, I worked hard, I did all I could. At times it would be good to have a bit more support, but I understand this is the way it will be for the rest of the tournament. I think we can do better, and we will do in the next game against Mongolia. As a striker, my job is to put the ball in the back if the net when my chances come and I am happy I scored my first international goal today.”