South China’s Ryan Griffiths still confident despite 2-1 defeat by Yangon United in AFC Cup game

On his debut for the Caroliners in the regional competition in Myanmar, former Socceroo says they had plenty of opportunities to score but failed to finish

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 February, 2016, 12:21am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 February, 2016, 12:21am

South China striker Ryan Griffiths remained upbeat despite their 2-1 defeat to home team Yangon United in their opening AFC Cup group soccer match last night.

“This was a game that we should have at least got a result,” said Griffiths, who was making his debut for South China in the regional cup competition.

“We had plenty of chances and they did not have too many, but they finished off the two chances they had.

It’s a team we definitely know we can beat. So, in the home leg I am sure we can turn it around
Ryan Griffiths

“It’s a team we definitely know we can beat. So, in the home leg I am sure we can turn it around.”

The former Socceroo did not blame the hot humid conditions in Myanmar.

“The weather is just in your mind and maybe they are a bit more used to it but I don’t think that’s an excuse,” he said.

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“We fought really hard as it was not an easy place to come to. But do keep faith with us as it’s just one game and we can bounce back in the next group game.”

The Australian put the Caroliners ahead midway through the first half but his effort was soon cancelled out by Yangon’s Kyaw Ko Ko. Marcelo Fernandes settled the matter on 48 minutes.

Yangon were down to 10 men for most of the second half after a sending off for two bookings, but South China could not capitalise.