Filipinas aim to stay hot

Sarina Bolden is eager to lead the national women’s team to another display of football prowess when it tackles dangerous Singapore in the AFF Women’s Championship Wednesday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.,Kickoff is at 7 p.m. with the Filipinas seeking a fitting follow-up to their impressive 1-0 win over the powerhouse Australian U23 squad late Monday at the same venue.,The Matildas, for their part, will have no time to lick their wounds as they battle Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand in the 4 p.m. tussle at the Imus Grandstand in Cavite while Malaysia and Indonesia collide at 7 p.m. at the Binan Stadium in Laguna.,Opening-day winners Philippines and Thailand claimed the early lead with three full points while the Malaysians and the Singaporeans settled for one point each.,The Indonesians and the Aussies, meanwhile, have yet to secure a point.,Leading the mighty Filipinas to a historic 1-0 win over the world No.12 Matildas late Monday, Bolden said they are more fired up to grab another win in front of the home crowd.,The Chifure AS Saitama booter said their rigorous buildup on European soil proved to be the key as head coach Alen Stajcic masterfully planned the upset against his former Australian squad.,“Training in Europe, I think, it really helped our development and confidence,” said Bolden after scoring her ninth goal in 19 appearances for the Philippines, which ranks at an all-time high No. 53 in the International Football Federation world ranking.,They will face a Singaporean side that is 79 rungs lower at No. 132, which they have beaten twice in the past two editions of this prestigious tournament.,“All these things led us to the win (against Australia) today. It was just a bunch of heart (that game) and to be more confident.”,The country’s win over Australia meant so much for the Filipinas.,More than avenging their 4-0 loss to the Aussies in the AFC Asian Cup last year, their triumph erased their bitter memory of their last home game, where they suffered a bitter 2-1 defeat to Myanmar in the bronze medal match of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019.,Tucked in a scoreless halftime, the lady booters shifted to a higher gear and engaged in a more physical second half against the taller and youth-laden Aussie side.,The Philippines’ aggressive display finally came into fruition after Eva Madarang unleashed a dangerous throw-in that allowed Bolden to deliver a 60th minute header, much to the delight of 1,500 fans in attendance.,The 26-year-old striker had the chance to double the lead a few minutes later, but a wide-open chance went a little bit too high from the post.,Stajcic, who steered the Matildas for five years before coaching the Philippines, is hoping that their win over a powerhouse team would bring more traction and support for them against the dangerous Singaporeans.,The Lionesses are tipped to parade youngster Danielle Tan alongside veterans Nur Putri Syaliza, Nur Farhanah Ruhaizat and Noor Kusumawati.,“That’s more than a big win. It’s amazing to beat a team that’s been in the Top 10 of the world for the last 10 years?” Stajcic said.,“We’ve got four games left in the group then semis and finals. If we make it that far, this team really deserves a sellout.”