Academy midfielder Will Donkin’s Chinese Taipei side saw their hopes of winning the Intercontinental Cup end last night as New Zealand edged a 1-0 win in India.
After being hammered 5-0 by the hosts four days earlier, this was a better showing from Gary White’s side, however they still experienced defeat thanks to a 36th minute penalty from Myer Bevan.
Donkin played 58 minutes of the game, and impressed during the early stages by teeing up En-Le Chu for an early opportunity before firing a free-kick at Kiwi goalkeeper Nikola Tzanev on 24 minutes, however 12 minutes later a loose ball fell to Sarpreet Singh who was brought down by Tzu-Kuei Hung, and Bevan tucked home what proved to be the winner.
Successive defeats have left Chinese Taipei bottom of the group after two games, and they are now unable to finish in the top two and advance to Sunday’s final.
They do though have the opportunity to finish on a high when they face Kenya on Friday in their final group game, although the African nation still hold hopes of advancing in the competition after beating New Zealand in their opening game.