Matao avenges earlier defeat to Bhutan, wins in Harmon 5-0
After losing their match to Bhutan overseas on June 6 the Matao looked forward to their rematch on home soil. Isiah Lagutang put Guam ahead after scoring the first goal of the match in the 23rd minute. Shane Malcolm put the moves on the Bhutan defender to get the pass to Jason Cunliffe with the nice left footed pass to Lagutang who took care of the rest of the work. Isiah took the shot to the right side of the post as the keeper stepped up in the box getting caught flat footed.
And the celebration began for the 1,029 spectators in attendance. Lagutang pumped giving a kiss to the newly created national team badge.
Minutes later the Matao was on the attack again, Jason Cunliffe on the receiving end of a beautiful Shane Malcolm header. Cunliffe collides with Bhutan's keeper and follows the ball into the box, taking the left footed shot for the 2-0 lead. That would be the start to a great game for the island's most decorated national team player.
Shane Malcolm kicked through the 3rd goal of the game in the 51st minute of play. Malcolm's shot was good from a few feet out.
Jason Cunliffe added two more scores in the 2nd half to put Matao ahead for good as they went on to win 5-0. With the win, Matao moves on to the second round of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round
Karl Dodd, Matao Head Coach, said, :The big difference was we turned up and we believed in ourselves and we played as a team, which is what we have been working for the last 14, 15 months.:
Cunliffe added, "Playing at home has always been good to us. We have always taken points off of everyone except Iran during the last World Cup Qualifiers and that was the number 1 team in Asia at the time. So playing in front of friends and family, we always perform. As hot as it is for us we know it's that much hotter for the opposing team and as you can see it poured on them throughout the 90 minutes and as the game went on they were basically walking at the end of it."