Woman's ASIAN CUP: DPR Korea 3-0 Thailand (Thursday, 20 May 2010)
Chengdu: Defending champions DPR Korea underlined their AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2010 title credentials with a comfortable 3-0 win over Thailand at a misty Chengdu Sports Centre on Thursday.
With coach Kim Kwang-min insisting his young squad can still continue DPR Korea's recent domination which has brought three of the last four continental titles, striker Jon Myong-hwa headed home the opener inside the first minute.
Captain Kim Yong-ae, who scored the winner in the final against China two years ago, added a second a minute later and Jo Yun-mi sealed the deserved win with 17 minutes remaining as Thailand failed to muster a real threat on the North Korean goal.
DPR Korea made the ideal start with just 50 seconds on the clock when Kim Chung- sik's right-wing cross was missed by two Thailand defenders at the front post and headed by Jon into the top corner from the edge of the six yard area with goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing rooted to her line.
A minute later the defending champions doubled their advantage as Kim ghosted in between two defenders on the edge of the six yard area to connect with Ri Ye-gyong's low left wing cross and give Waraporn no chance with a composed finish.
DPR Korea continued to dominate, often for long spells inside the Thailand half, and Jon was denied after 25 minutes when the striker met Ri's left wing cross but goalkeeper Waraporn just managed to scramble the downward header onto the post.
With Thailand failing to manage a single effort on goal in the first half, Jon twice came close before the break as the striker fired over from the edge of the area after 33 minutes before seeing a volley deflected over five minutes later.
DPR Korea picked up where they left off after the break as Jon was sent clear through the middle less than a minute after the restart but Waraporn was quickly off her line to make a last ditch block.
Substitute Yun Hyon-hi should have added DPR Korea's third as the striker first headed onto the roof off the net from Choe's corner, shortly after replacing Wong five minutes into the second half.
And moments later the striker shot straight at Waraporn from the edge of the area before putting the rebound wide with the goal at her mercy.
But DPR Korea were not to be denied a third as Yun Song-mi's high hanging cross found Jo unmarked on the edge of the six yard area and the midfielder powered a header past an exposed Waraporn.