After a challenging first few weeks in the English Premier League season, Cardiff City led by Philippine Azkals’ goalkeeper Neil Etheridge won their first game in the top flight after beating Fulham FC 4-2 at home in Cardiff City stadium over the weekend.
On his Instagram post, Neil expressed his joy over the victory “What an amazing feeling to get our first Premier League Win!! Came back from a goal down and showed real quality! Great support as always at the stadium! Thank you everyone!”
Neil got the win at the expense of his former team Fulham FC, where he signed his first professional contract back in 2008, where he mostly served as a bench player behind former Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer and David Stockdale.
The Filipino-British goal stopper – the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to play in the league – has won fans over for his commendable performance for newly-promoted club Cardiff City in the English Premier League, the world’s most competitive domestic football league.
The 28-year-old born to a Filipino mother in London has been named one of the eight best newcomers in the Premiere League by various media outlets after making two consecutive penalty saves in his first two appearances in the league.
Etheridge is the first Southeast Asian to play in the Premier League after he helped lead Cardiff City to a promotion with 19 clean sheets.