Nanjing: Seven goals from striker from Ri Un-sim helped DPR Korea finish their AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2011 campaign in style with a thumping 8-0 win over Thailand at the Olympic Sport Center Stadium.
Hwang Yong-bong's side had nothing to lose after securing second spot behind champions Japan on Thursday and it allowed them to play with freedom against Thailand.
In contrast, Neungrutai Srathongvian's team finished bottom of the table in what proved a tough learning experience for her side in Nanjing.
Forward Kim So-hyang tore through the Thai defence to give DPR Korea the lead after six minutes and Ri Un-sim (pictured left) added three more goals in the first-half before taking her tally to seven in the second period.
The Korean onslaught started from the first whistle and after Kim So-hyang had broken the deadlock, they looked like scoring every time their frontline had possession.
Striker Ri Kyong-hyang was DPR Korea's catalyst, causing serious problems for the Thai defence and she presented Kim Hyang-ran with what seemed to be a certain scoring opportunity but the midfielder fired wide from close range.
Ri Kyong-hyang was once again in the thick of action when she set up strike partner Ri Un-sim but the winger also blasted her shot above the bar.
It proved a minor hiccup for the front two as their intelligent passing and searing pace resulted in three quick goals before the interval.
Ri Un-sim collected a superb floated pass from Ri Kyong-hyang in the box in the 31st minute and beat the Thai keeper for her first goal of the game.
A square ball from the left afforded Ri Un-sim more space to score her second and the then the striker took advantage of a scramble in the Thai box to net another in the dying minutes of the first-half to extend her team's lead to 4-0 at the break.
The Thai defence fell apart after the interval as Ri Un-sim struck four times in a span of 20 minutes.
First, the forward powered in a left-foot shot after Jon So-yon had showed great athleticism to set her up from 18 yards.
Ri Un-sim then claimed her fifth goal minutes later with a stunning header from 12 yards following a high ball before adding two more to complete the scoring.
Ri Un-sim took control of a pass from 18 yards and burst through a gaping hole in
the Thai defence before sliding the ball in from close range before the striker made it 8-0 from midfielder Ri Un-Yong's pass.
Hwang hails top scorer Ri
Nanjing: DPR Korea coach Hwang Yong-bong praised striker Ri Un-sim's seven-goal haul in an impressive 8-0 victory over Thailand in their last game of the AFC U-16 Women's Championship 2011.
Ri (pictured) struck a first-half hat-trick and added four more in the second period as to top the tournament's scoring chart with nine goals as DPR Korea wrapped up their campaign in impressive style.
Hwang now hopes the forward will continue her rich vein of form in next year's FIFA U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
"She is the top scorer in our team and she performed really well today. She has been scoring well in domestic tournaments and we have high expectations for her," he said.
"She had many chances to score against China, Korea Republic and Australia as well but was too excited and missed those. Today she was not too excited and remained relaxed to score those seven goals.
"Actually we were very confident before coming into this game. This was not a difficult game and we were comfortable against Thailand. I let the players from the substitution list play today and encouraged them to score as many goals as possible and she did best among them.
"We expect she will do well in the World Cup and help us defeat big teams from other regions as well."
The coach, however, was disappointed to miss out on the title to Japan and now hopes DPR Korea can triumph at the World Cup.
"We intended to be the champions of this tournament, but we could not and I am sorry about it," he added.
"However, I am still pleased with the way we played. Our goal was to do well and get a ticket to the World Cup and I am glad we did that. So I am still satisfied with our performance in the tournament.
"We will have to concentrate our composure in front of goal. We need to work on final composition to score more goals. We sometimes push the opponents into a corner, but fail to score so we need to work on this aspect as well. I hope we will be able to overcome these shortcomings before the World Cup and win the event."
Thailand coach Neungrutai Srathongvian believes the experience of playing in this tournament will be invaluable for women's football in south-east Asia.
"I know we have not done well and lost all our games including today's match against DPR Korea but I am not too worried. We were concentrating more on learning from superior teams," she said.
"Now we will go back and apply what we have learnt in our football back home. Our presence here will certainly benefit women's football in our ASEAN region."