The Vietnamese team dominated the game from the outset, creating many chances to score but proved unsuccessful in converting any of them into goals during the first 20 minutes.
After the break, Thai Son Nam intensified their attacks and put mounting pressure on the Maccabi side, pushing them into a defensive position. Their efforts finally paid off with an opening goal from Quynh Toan in the 36th minute.
A few line-up adjustments for the remainder of the match could not save the Australian guests from losing 0-1 to the host team.
On the same day, GH Bank RBAC FC (Thailand) started the tournament impressively by demolishing ACE FC (Myanmar) 12-2 in the opening match of Group B.
Thai Son Nam will play their decisive Group A qualifying game against China’s Guangdong at Phu Tho sports gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh City on March 21.