PH's Etheridge makes history as first Southeast Asian to play in Premier League

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Courtesy of Neil Etheridge's official Twitter account

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12) — Filipino goalkeeper Neil Etheridge became the first Southeast Asian to play in the English Premiere League (EPL) after starting for Cardiff City in their debut against AFC Bournemouth. 

Etheridge and the Bluebirds though did not have a successful opening game after absorbing a 2-0 setback against the home team.

Ryan Fraser's strike in the 24th minute gave the Cherries their first goal of the match. 

Etheridge's moment came 10 minutes after, as Bruno Ecuele Manga's tackle gave Bournemouth's Callum Wilson a chance to double the lead.  But Etheridge stretched and saved Wilson's spot kick to provide the Bluebirds a fighting chance.

The two teams had a good battle all the way to the 90th minute, but the Cherries were able to put the game away for good when Wilson upper their lead to 2-0 in the first minute of added time.

"Great to make my Premier League debut. Not the result we wanted, a lot of things to work on and a lot of positives to take out of the game. Thank you to all the travelling supporters," Etheridge posted on his Twitter account after the game.

 

Cardiff City was promoted into the EPL after they finished with the second-best record in the 2017-2018 English Football Championship.

"It's a long season. We'll keep sticking together and working hard," Etheridge said.

The Bluebirds will shoot for their first victory on Saturday in their home debut against Newcastle.