By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno

PH women’s national football team (Photo from PFF website)

MANILA – A late first-half penalty broke the Philippine women’s football team’s heart after falling to Wales, 0-1, in its debut at the Pinatar Cup early Thursday (Philippine Time) at the Pinatar Arena in San Pedro Del Pinatar, Spain.

Kayleigh Green’s spot kick just before halftime decided the outcome, but apart from that, the Filipinas’ defense held forth for the other parts of the match.

The difference came at the first-half stoppage time when Dominique Randle tripped Rhiannon Roberts inside the penalty spot while trying to get the ball back.

Green sent Olivia McDaniels in the wrong direction and slotted the penalty at the left side of the goal just before Lucie Sulcova called it a half.

The Filipinas exerted a better effort in the second half, but the Welsh ladies still escaped with a win.

The Filipinas will next face Scotland, a 0-2 loser to Iceland on Saturday night. (PNA)