Taiwan 0-4 Kenya: Gary White's Men sign off with a Bitter Defeat

Our man in India @feel_shiva9 gives his view of the Taiwan vs Kenya match, which will be Taiwan's last in the Hero Intercontinental Cup taking place in Mumbai. 

This was to be another disappointing performance for Taiwan as Kenya put four past Gary White's men in the final match of their Hero Intercontinental Cup campaign.  

During the tournament, Taiwan conceded 10 and didn't manage a single goal. This pretty much then tells the story of how the young Taiwanese team got on in India.

After a narrow defeat to New Zealand, Gary White made two changes to the starting line. This was seen as he gave a chance to Chao-An Chen and Shao-Chieh Tu in place of Chang Lun Lin and Crystal Palace's, Will Donkin. 

At first, these changes looked like they could work as Taiwan successfully thwarted the Kenyan attacks. As Kenya spent the half trying to break the Taiwanese defence down. Taiwan did not then only hold them at bay in the early stages, but they also managed some counter-attacks of their own.

Although with 20 minutes gone Kenya missed a chance from close range to go ahead and six minutes later it was their opponents, Taiwan that failed to make the most out of a defensive error. 

The turning point though in the match came just after Kenya's chance when Taiwan lost experienced keeper, Wen-Chieh Pan due to a knee injury. His replacement, Yu-hung Chiu, then went on and didn't have the best of games, although the teams did go in level at the break. 

In the second half, we saw a splendid 45 minutes performance from Kenya. As they attacked the Taiwan defence at will. Then on 52 minutes, Odhiambo Dennis broke the deadlock when his rasping shot found the inside of the Taiwan net. After all the pressure Kenya finally went a goal up. 

Two minutes later, Jockins Atudo doubled Kenya’s lead from the penalty spot. So in the space of five minutes, Kenya had changed the game as they now led 2-0 and were looking for a third. 

On 69 minutes, Timothy Otieno broke free of the Taiwanese defence and a goalkeeping blunder helped make it 3-0. They then pressed for more goals to add gloss to the scoreline.
After 87 minutes the fourth and final goal of the match did come. 

Speaking afterwards Taiwan's head coach Gary White rued the goalkeeping errors and missed chances against Kenya. "We take experience from here, which has been invaluable. The first half was great but the individual errors cost us in the second half. That's about it.

"The goalkeeper who came in started well but his age and lack of experience (cost us). We cannot just blame him because we missed our chances too. But we've learnt our lessons from here," he said.

Taiwan signed off from the tournament with this loss while Kenya will now play hosts India in the final of the Hero Intercontinental Cup on June 10, 2018.

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