Sunday, June 28, 2015

Svay Rieng demolished

Result: PPCFC Academy 8 Svay Rieng U-19s 0 (Friendly).
With the Crown Academy leading 2-0 at the half-time interval, no-one would've predicted this thrashing, though the home team were in total control at the break. In Sodavid steered the ball into the net on 14 minutes to open the scoring after Ouk Sovann had challenged for Seut Baraing's center. Sovann himself claimed a glorious second with a vicious 30-yard drive that sailed over the keeper's head on 34 minutes. Chances went begging as Orn Chanpolin, Suleiman Samura, Baraing and Sodavid all went close to adding to the score.
After the interval, an own goal after just 3 minutes, as Sovann challenged a defender, began the landslide. More chances went begging from Sovann, Chhuot Senteang and Suleiman before Senteang finished off Baraing's cross to make it four, on 61 minutes. Another Sovann screamer from 20-yards after a classic one-two with Kim Chhaya, made it five three minutes later. A minute later and Senteang followed his teammate, unleashing an unstoppable shot from distance, and within another three minutes completed his hat-trick, with a neat chip after put clear by Suleiman. Sraing Titchhy failed to add another from the penalty spot after a handball, as his drive hit the cross-bar, but Suleiman completed the rout with two minutes remaining, winning the ball in midfield and powering forward to finish with ease. A comprehensive victory by the Academy over their biggest foes.
PPCFC starting XI, back row, LtoR: Chanvuthy, Sovann, Thomas, Senteang, Samnang, Chanpolin. Front: Ponvuthy, Suleiman, Piphop, Sodavid, Baraing.

Wins for youngters

Result: PPCFC Academy U-15s 2 Pisnoka 0 (Friendly).
In the first of three games at RSN today, the Academy U-15s, with four senior Academy players helping out due to absence, ran out winners against Pisnoka with a goal in each half. They took the lead on 13 minutes when Yeu Muslim's shot was fumbled by the keeper and Ky Rina tapped the ball into the net. The second-half was more even but it was Crown who went further ahead on 66 minutes as Pich Sovannaroth and Tong Chanmony combined to set up Muslim for a neat finish in the far corner. PPCFC goalkeeper Kung Chanvuthy was called into action a couple of times and Pisnoka hit the cross-bar but it was to no avail as the Academy saw out the game, 2-nil.
PPCFC vs Pisnoka, back row, LtoR: Chanvuthy, Chetra, Sovannaroth, Chandara, Muslim, Chanchav. Front: Chanmony, S David, Rina, Chansopheak, N David.

Result: PPCFC Academy U-13s 8 Chraing Chamres 4 (Friendly).
The Academy U-13s played their third match on Sunday and continued their winning start to life at PPCFC. In two halves of 35 minutes and with 9-a-side, it was all square at the break at 4-4, with both teams adopting an all-out attack policy. Jonh Chhomrean netted a first-half hat-trick, showing his pace with Chom Sokly also tapping in for Crown. After the break, the home team dominated with Lim Pisoth, Sokly, Chhomrean with his 4th and Thach Thai completing the scoring. 3 games, 3 wins.
PPCFC U-13s, back row, LtoR: Rathana, Nitheavann, Zoly, Darapich, Chhomrean. Front: Nakha, Sokly, Phanny, Ladin.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fixtures - final version?

The football federation have issued a revised fixture list for the 2015 Metfone C-League involving PPCFC. The matches that will be shown live on BTV are indicated as *LIVE.
Round 1:
Thu 2 July vs Boeung Ket @ RSN Stadium 6pm *LIVE
Sun 5 July vs Nagaworld @ RSN 6pm
Thu 9 July vs Cambodian Tiger @ RSN 6pm *LIVE
Sun 12 Jul vs Asia Europe @ RSN 3.30pm or 6pm
Wed 15 Jul vs Army @ RSN 6pm *LIVE
Sat 18 Jul vs CMAC @ RSN 6pm *LIVE
Thu 23 Jul vs Kirivong @ Tonle Bati 3.30pm
Sat 25 Jul vs Western @ Western Stadium 3.30pm
Wed 29 Jul vs BBU @ RSN 6pm
Sat 1 Aug vs National Police @ Army Stadium 3.30pm *LIVE
Wed 5 Aug vs Svay Rieng @ Svay Rieng 6pm LIVE.
Round 2:
Sat 8 Aug vs Svay Rieng @ RSN 6pm
Wed 12 Aug vs Nagaworld @ Olympic 3.30pm
Sat 15 Aug vs Cambodian Tiger @ Western 3.30pm
Sat 12 Sep vs Asia Europe @ RSN 6pm
Wed 16 Sep vs Army @ Army 3.30pm
Sat 19 Sep vs CMAC @ Olympic 3.30pm *LIVE
Thu 24 Sep vs Kirivong @ RSN 6pm
Sat 26 Sep vs Western @ RSN 6pm
Wed 30 Sep vs BBU @ Olympic 6pm
Sat 17 Oct vs National Police @ RSN 6pm
Thu 22 Oct vs Boeung Ket @ Army 3.30pm.
Play-off dates: 28 & 31 Oct, 21 & 22 Nov and Final on 6 Dec.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Army beaten under lights

Result: PPCFC 3 Army 1 (Friendly).
It took Keo Sokpheng 29 minutes to open his goalscoring account for Crown, and that was after he missed two good opportunities. A lightning fast move down the right wing between Santi Koroma and Leng Makara allowed Sokpheng a smart first-touch on the edge of the box and he despatched the ball into the net. The home team always had the edge and Shane Booysen and Koroma went close before Booysen finished with confidence four minutes before the break after a superb one-touch pass from Va Sokthorn. On the resumption, Sokthorn tried his luck with a couple of long range efforts and Booysen saw his drive pushed around the post for a corner. Nelson Oladiji pulled a goal back for Army with a good finish on 74 minutes and then struck the foot of the post. Crown came back strongly and Um Tola missed a great chance after the keeper saved Kouch Dani's drive. Tola made amends two minutes into time added on when he buried his shot from the edge of the box after neat work from Booysen and Dani. Final score, 3-1 to Crown.
PPCFC vs Army, back row, LtoR: Makara, Sokthorn, Boris, Srin, Obadin, Ary. Front row: Koroma, Sokheng, Matnorotin, Sokpheng, Booysen.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Show no mercy

Result: PPCFC Academy 11 Nat Univ of Mgmt 1 (Friendly).
In this afternoon's friendly game at RSN Stadium, the senior Crown Academy showed little mercy for their university opponents. In three 30-minute periods, Suleiman Samura, Kim Chhaya and Pov Ponvuthy each scored twice in the first period, with Ouk Sovann claiming a hat-trick in the second period including one penalty. In the final third, Yeu Muslim and Chhuot Senteang scored with NUM finding a late consolation goal.
PPCFC starting XI, back row, LtoR: Sovann, Thomas, Chhaya, Chanpolin, Soksela, Titchhy. Front: Ponvuthy, Noeut, Suleiman, Sodavid, Baraing.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Police down Academy

Result: PPCFC Academy 0 National Police 1 (Friendly).
The Academy gave National Police's C-League line-up a good test in this friendly at RSN this afternoon. It was all-square at the break, with Ouk Sovann denied on 8 minutes and then again, with a goal-line clearance from Say Piseth, on 21 minutes. At the other end Keo Soksela saved twice from Srey Udom, the second a leaping two-handed stop, to send the teams in goal-less. Just thirty seconds after the restart, Sovann went close again but it was Police who grabbed the lead just 4 minutes into the second period. Ly Arafin's cross was met by the head of Udom at the far post for what turned out to be the game's only goal. A last-man push in the back by Arafin should've seen red, but Sovann's free-kick was tipped over the cross-bar and then Orn Chanpolin's drive was saved at the post. Jason Thomas and Soksela stood firm at the back for Crown and a mistake by Piseth gifted the ball to Chhuot Senteang but he volleyed straight at the Police keeper, as Police held out for the narrow victory.PPCFC vs Police, back row, LtoR: Umaru, Chanpolin, Soksela, Thomas, Sovann, Samnang. Front: Titchhy, Ponvuthy, Sodavid, Piphop, Phearath.

Result: PPCFC Academy U-13s 8 Prek Taten 5 (Friendly).
In this 9-a-side friendly game at RSN, the newly-formed Academy U-13s came out on top in a goals bonanza. Sem Phanny netted twice in the first five minutes before two goals from Jonh Chhomrean and Tin Ladin put them 4-3 ahead at the break. Ky Rina scored just after the restart and Lim Pisoth added a quick-fire double before Chhomrean wrapped up the scoring for the U-13s with his second.
PPCFC vs Prek Taten, back row, LtoR: Rathana, Darapich, Chhomrean, Nitheavann. Front: Phanny, Sokly, Makara, Nakha, Ladin.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Booysen's solo

PPCFC vs C/Tiger, back row, LtoR: Bisan, Boris, Sokthorn, Makara, Obadin, Ary. Front: Boran, Sokheng, Suhana, Booysen, Matnorotin - click to enlarge
Thursday 18 June 2015: Phnom Penh Crown 1 Cambodian Tiger 0 (Friendly).
In this 3x30 minute period friendly match played on the artificial surface at Western this afternoon, a Shane Booysen goal on 47 minutes separated the two teams. The South African was on hand to drive the ball in from ten yards after Sary Matnorotin's pace took him past two defenders and a prefect pull-back for his teammate to score. George Bisan's snap-shot from 35 yards was the best attempt on goal of the first period, and it needed a superb fingertip save to keep it out. Suong Virak was denied by Yok Ary's quick reflexes after the first break, though Matnorotin twice went close before turning provider for Booysen's goal.
Match report to follow>

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PPCFC's fixtures

The Metfone C-League fixtures have been announced. Here are PPCFC's fixtures for the season that start on 1 July.
1st Round:
Wed 1 Jul :    PCFC vs Boeung Ket @ RSN - 6PM
Sat 4 Jul :      PPCFC vs NagaWorld @ RSN - 6PM
Thur 9 Jul :    PPCFC vs Cambodian Tiger @ RSN - 6PM
Sun 12 Jul :   Asia Europe vs PPCFC @ Army - 2PM
Wed 15 Jul :  PPCFC vs Army @ RSN - 6PM
Sat 18 Jul :    PPCFC vs CMAC @ RSN - 6PM
Thur 23 Jul :  Kirivong vs PPCFC @ Army - 4PM
Sat 25 Jul :    Western Uni vs PPCFC @ Western - 3.45PM
Wed 29 Jul :  PPCFC vs BBU @ RSN - 6PM
Sat 1 Aug :    Nat Police vs PPCFC @ Olympic - 4PM
Wed 5 Aug :  Svay Rieng vs PPCFC @ Svay Rieng - 4PM
2nd Round:
Sat 8 Aug :     PPCFC vs Svay Rieng @ RSN - 6PM
Wed 12 Aug : NagaWorld vs PPCFC @ Olympic - 4PM
Sat 15 Aug :   Cambodian Tiger vs PPCFC @ Western - 3.45PM
Wed 19 Aug : PPCFC vs Asia Europe @ RSN - 6PM
Sat 22 Aug :   Army vs PPCFC @ Army - 3.45PM
Wed 26 Aug : CMAC vs PPCFC @ Olympic - 4PM
Sun 30 Aug :  PPCFC vs Kirivong @ RSN - 6PM
Sat 12 Sep :   PPCFC vs Western @ RSN - 6PM
Wed 16 Sep : BBU vs PPCFC @ Olympic - 6.30PM
Sat 19 Sep :   PPCFC vs Nat Police @ RSN - 6PM
Thu 24 Sep :  Boeung Ket vs PPCFC @ Army - 3.45PM
Play-offs will then be held for the Top 4 teams in the final league table, and the Play-off Final will be played on Sunday 11 October.
*kick-off times are subject to change.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

U-13s off to flying start

PPCFC U-13 starting team, back row, LtoR: Ratana, Pisoth, Rina, Darapich, Nitheavann. Front Row: Makara, Sokly, Chhamrean, Nakha - click to enlarge
Sunday 14 June 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-13s 10 Chraing Chamres 4 (Friendly).
For their first-ever game as the newest arrivals in the PPCFC Academy, the U-13s, with just one week of training behind them, showed their quality with a dominant display against the older boys of Chraing Chamres. Boosted by three of the younger members of the U-15 team, Ky Rina made his pace and quick feet count with 4 first-half goals (3, 22, 14, 23 minutes) and was joined on the scoresheet by Jonh Chhamrean (18) and Lim Pisoth (37 penalty) as the 9-a-side game over two 35-minute periods went in PPCFC's favour. After the break Tauch Thai (49), Sem Panny (53), Chhamrean (59) and Tin Ladin (70) completed the rout. A great start for the youngsters with a comfortable success.
Match report to follow.

RSN Stadium was host to a very important football competition and health screening tournament this morning, as the Special Olympics Cambodia took place on the club's futsal courts. Eight teams and five-a-side matches were enjoyed by the players, youngsters and adults with intellectual disabilities. A team representing PPCFC also took part (pictured with Crown head coach Sam Schweingruber), for the Special Games that were introduced by HE Vong Sauth, Minister of Social Affairs. Congratulations to everyone for taking part and enjoying the event.
Coach Sam Schweingruber with the PPCFC Special Olympics football team

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Svay Rieng cast aside

PPCFC vs SVR, back row, LtoR: Obadin, Boris, Thierry, S Pisa, Bisan, Ary. Front: Dani, Boran, Makara, Booysen, Koroma - click to enlarge
Saturday 13 June 2015: Phnom Penh Crown 4 Svay Rieng 1 (Friendly).
This afternoon's friendly at RSN saw Crown win comfortably with George Bisan scoring two goals before the half-time break to give the home side a well-deserved lead. With a touch more composure, he could've netted another couple as well. For his first on 26 minutes, he latched onto Long Boran's clearance, used his strength and rolled the ball in. Six minutes later Sean Pisa played in Leng Makara and his speed and cut back was driven home by Bisan for number two. The SVR keeper denied the Nigerian hitman two more goals and Odion Obadin headed into the side netting. After the break, Pisa was denied but Kouch Dani added another, with a 25-yard dipping volley after a Bin Thierry shot was blocked, ten minutes after the restart. Defender James Adekunle reduced the arrears from a corner on 65 minutes but Crown wrapped it up with a fourth goal on 71 minutes. Shane Booysen played in Santi Koroma, who rounded the keeper and fired the ball into the net.
Match report to follow.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Crown finish in 3rd spot

PPCFC vs Muangthong, back row, LtoR: Chanpolin, Senteang, Titchhy, Thomas, Soksela, Sovann (capt). Front: Suleiman, Ponvuthy, Noeut, Rozak, Baraing - click to enlarge
Sunday 7 June 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy 1 Muangthong United 1 - RSN Youth Cup.
With Chonburi already claiming the RSN Youth Cup trophy with a 4-1 win over Frenz United in the earlier match, it was Crown's intention to go out on a winning note and though they put on an excellent showing in front of their own fans at RSN Stadium, they fell just short and had to settle for a point, to finish the tournament in 3rd place behind Chonburi and Frenz. Sath Rozak and Chhuot Senteang tried their luck early on for Crown but it was Muangthong who had the ball in the net first, only for it to be ruled offside. On 29 minutes the ground erupted as Suleiman Samura met an Ouk Sovann free-kick with a deft half-volley touch to put Crown ahead. Umaru Samura replaced Suon Noeut and had an immediate impact. He was tackled twice in quick succession as he shaped to shoot, Senteang sent a looping header into the keeper's hands, before the visiting stopper, Yannasit Sukchakroen was out quickly to block Umaru. The same keeper couldn't hold a Sovann drive but as the ball fell kindly to Senteang, he sent his header spinning agonizingly wide.
A Sovann free-kick was tipped around the foot of a post as the 2nd half got underway. Suleiman Samura rose to a Sovann corner though headed powerfully wide, but it was the visitors who found the net on 56 minutes. Wongsathon Wisetphan got his head to a free-kick and the ball looped over the head of Keo Soksela and into the far corner to make it 1-1. Crown had the best of the chances with In Sodavid, Kim Chhaya and Suleiman all going very close. Sodavid was bundled over in the box but the flag was raised for offside and Soksela was alert to the last minute danger from Sundy Wongderee. Honours even, and a third straight draw for PPCFC.
Match report to follow:

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Academy hold Chonburi

PPCFC v Chonburi, back row, LtoR; Umaru, Chanchav, Chhaya, Soksela, Thomas, Sovann. Front Row: Piphop, Sodavid, Ponvuthy, Suleiman, V Samnang (capt) - click to enlarge
Saturday 6 June 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy 0 Chonburi (Thailand) 0 - RSN Youth Cup.
The Crown Academy showed their resilience and determination to halt free-scoring Chonburi in this afternoon's game at RSN Stadium. Chonburi came into the game on a roll, having beaten Muangthong 5-1 and after a quiet 15 minutes, they pressed the home team, forcing Keo Soksela in the Crown goal to make two smart saves from Nattayot Phonyiam. At the other end Ouk Sovann was tackled as he sped clear and from the corner, Umaru Samura found room at the far post, only to see his effort clear the cross-bar by inches. Soksela dived at the feet of Saharat Sontisawat and then watched as Phonyiam's header clipped the top of the bar. Chonburi were enjoying the lion's share of possession but found Crown a tough nut to crack, with Soksela again in fine form at the start of the 2nd half. Worachit Kanitsribumphen volleyed a pass into his hands and then the keeper dived full length to his right to keep out a long range drive from Athiwat Poolsawat. On the half-hour Jason Thomas rose above the Chonburi defence to meet In Sodavid's corner, only to direct his header into the hands of keeper Chakhon Philakhlang, as the two teams cancelled out each other to end the game all-square. Crown meet Muangthong (who lost 3-1 to Frenz in the 2nd match today) at 6pm tomorrow in their final RSN Youth Cup match.
Match report to follow.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Crown start with a point

PPCFC XI, back row, LtoR: Umaru, Chhaya, Soksela, Titchhy, Thomas, Sovann. Front Row: Sodavid, Noeut, Suleiman, Baraing, Samnang (capt) + two lions (Boris and Danny) - click to enlarge
Friday 5 June 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy 0 Frenz United (Malaysia) 0 - RSN Youth Cup.
In an intriguing opening match of the RSN Youth Cup at the new RSN Stadium, PPCFC found Frenz a tough nut to crack and had to weather an opening onslaught by the visitors. As Crown got into the game, Kim Chhaya had a shot easily held while Umaru Samura challenged the keeper to a long ball and the ball squirmed out to Chhaya but his goal-bound shot was turned away. Frenz moved the ball quickly and looked assured but it was Crown who were inches away from taking the lead when Ouk Sovann's free-kick kissed the crossbar two minutes into the 2nd half. Umaru was also a foot wide with a snap-shot a few minutes later. Crown keeper Keo Soksela distinguished himself with a tackle on the edge of his box and a fingertip touch that stopped Frenz capitalising, while Chhaya sent a 25-yard drive spinning wide. As the final whistle sounded honours were shared, with real chances at a premium in the game. In the 2nd match, Chonburi stormed into a five-goal lead by half-time though Muangthong grabbed a consolation goal in a 5-1 reverse. 
Match report to follow.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

RSN sees Academy on form

PPCFC Academy v AEU, back row, LtoR; Sovann, Umaru, Soksela, Chhaya, Samnang, Thomas. Front Row: Suleiman, Sodavid, Chansopheak, Piphop, Phearath - click to enlarge
Sunday 31 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy 4 Asia Euro University 1 (Friendly).
This was a dominating performance by the Crown Academy ahead of their RSN Youth Cup tournament next weekend, and to give them a feel for the new RSN Stadium playing surface, the game was switched to the new pitch. It worked a treat for Ouk Sovann who chested down a cross from Kim Chhaya and swept a left foot shot into the corner for the opening goal, just 47 seconds after the start. Vat Samnang fired wide at a corner and a neat move saw In Sodavid set up Ken Chansopheak but he sent his shot spinning past the upright. Umaru Samura cut inside from a Sodavid pass but his curling effort was held by the AEU goalkeeper. Kim Chhaya had an appeal for a penalty waved away as a defender made a block with his arms and Sovann missed turning a cross from Chhaya goalwards as Crown had the lion share of possession and took delight in the perfect surface. The game was played in two halves of forty minutes.
In the second-half, it took a mere 26 seconds for Umaru to turn his marker inside out and float a beautiful effort into the far corner for number two. Chhaya provided the pass but it was the individual brilliance of the Sierra Leone midfielder that bamboozled the AEU defence and goalkeeper. On 55 minutes, Umaru was on hand to blast the ball home from a sweeping move triggered by Sodavid who sent Sovann into the box and his inch-perfect center found Umaru at the far post. Six minutes later, Sraing Titchhy's overlapping sprint took him to the bye-line and his low cross was touched in by Men Piphop. Sodavid sent a header over the bar from Chhuot Senteang's center and in injury time, AEU scored a breakaway consolation goal but Crown's passing play and performance fully deserved this convincing victory.
PPCFC Line-Up: Soksela (S Samnang 76), Chansopheak, Phearath (Titchhy 60), V Samnang (Savey 76), Thomas (Chanchav 53), Piphop (Senteang 74), Suleiman, Umaru (Ponvuthy 66), Chhaya (Muslim 66), Sodavid, Sovann (Thomas 72). Subs not used: Chanvuthy. Booking: Chhaya. Goals: Sovann (1), Umaru 2 (41, 55), Piphop (61).

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Booysen's stunner

PPCFC v Naga, back row, LtoR: Boris, S Pisa, Makara, Obadin, Matnorotin, Ary. Front Row: Da, Sokheng, Boran, Booysen, Koroma - click to enlarge
Saturday 30 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown 1 Nagaworld 0 (Friendly).
Phnom Penh Crown made their intentions clear forty seconds into their friendly at RSN Stadium this afternoon when Leng Makara broke and fed Santigie Koroma, but his sweeping shot went the wrong side of the upright. Sary Matnorotin slipped a pass to Koroma but his low drive was pushed aside by the Naga goalkeeper, and a Shane Booysen set-up saw Matnorotin with space to shoot, but his blast took a deflection off a defender's leg. Crown grabbed the opening goal on the half-hour mark when Touch Sokheng's far post corner was met by Shane Booysen in mid-air and his scissor kick arrowed into the net from an acute angle. A stunning strike. At the other end, goalkeeper Yok Ary made a great one-handed save from Chin Chum, turning his drive onto the cross-bar, and before the break Makara latched onto a Odion Obadin pass but screwed his shot across the face of goal. Moments later, Koroma and Booysen's one-two put the Sierra Leone winger in, but his shot hit a defender. Barry Lelouma struck the Crown bar from 25 yards and Naga's Om Thavrak was denied by a point-blank save by Ary, before Um Tola sent a header over the bar from Booysen's cross. A rugby tackle by Nhim Sovannara halted Booysen's thrust into the box and though the striker scored, the referee pulled the game back for a free-kick. From the dead-ball, Booysen lashed the ball against the cross-bar, Koroma latched onto the loose ball and also fired against the bar before Naga managed to clear, as Crown finished strongly. 
PPCFC V Nagaworld: Ary, Da, Boran, Boris (C Pisa 71), Obadin, S Pisa, Sokheng (Charly 64), Makara (Koroma 74), Koroma (Tola 42 (Polo 87)), Matnorotin, Booysen. Subs not used: Ursaphea, Bisan. Goal: Booysen (30). 

New home jerseys on show

George Bisan modelling the new home kit
The first batch of Phnom Penh Crown's new home kit has just arrived from FBT and a few of our players took the opportunity to show it off before this afternoon's friendly win over Nagaworld. We expect to receive the full delivery of home and away playing kits next week, including jerseys for our supporters. We'll provide more details once they arrive. Thanks to George Bisan, Sean Pisa, Thourng Da, Vat Samnang and Yue Safy who were on modelling duties.
More models with the new home jerseys: LtoR; Da, Pisa, Bisan, Samnang and Safy

Friday, May 29, 2015

RSN Youth Cup 5-7 June

RSN Youth Cup flyer - click to enlarge
• Opening Tournament at the RSN Stadium 5th-7th June, 2015
• The RSN Youth Cup 2015
• Proceeds will go to Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals
• 5 of the 6 matches will be televised live by Bayon TV

The opening tournament at the new RSN Stadium in Toul Kork, close to Camko City, and the home of Metfone Cambodian League Champions, Phnom Penh Crown, will take place on Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June 2015. A 4-team tournament – the RSN Youth Cup 2015 – will involve six matches played over 3 days of competition at the new stadium, with the Phnom Penh Crown Academy being joined by three of the strongest Academy (Under-18) teams in Asia, Malaysia’s Frenz United, and Chonburi and SCG Muangthong United from Thailand.
Crown President Mr Rithy Samnang, after whom the stadium is named, is the guiding force behind the 5,000-plus all-seater stadium, which has taken twenty months to construct. “This is a giant step for our club and we are honored to welcome three of the best Academies in Asia to join us for this tournament at our new stadium. I am sure it will be a spectacular beginning to a new and exciting stage in the development of our club and Cambodian football. To mark this special occasion, we will donate all the proceeds from the tournament to the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals, who provide free medical care to families in Cambodia and who do such a wonderful job in caring for sick children.”
On Friday 5th June, Phnom Penh Crown Academy will open the tournament with a 5.30PM (1730) match against Frenz United from Malaysia. The match will be televised live by Bayon TV, as will five of the six games. Crown meet Thailand’s Chonburi on Saturday 6th at 4PM (1600), and will then close the tournament with a match against SCG Muangthong United at 6PM (1800) on Sunday 7th.

The Tournament Fixtures are as follows:
Friday 5th June 2015
Game 1: 1730-1930 – PPCFC vs Frenz Utd (live on BTV)
Game 2: 2000-2200 – Muangthong Utd vs Chonburi (live on BTV)
Saturday 6th June 2015
Game 1:1600-1800 – PPCFC vs Chonburi (live on BTV)
Game 2: 1800-2000 – Frenz Utd vs Muangthong Utd
Sunday 7th June 2015
Game 1: 1600-1800 – Chonburi vs Frenz Utd (live on BTV)
Game 2: 1800-2000 – PPCFC vs Muangthong Utd (live on BTV).
The admission price for each day of the tournament will be 4,000 riel, with a prize draw on Sunday for some lucky ticket holders. Tickets will be available at RSN on matchdays. The duration of each game will be 80 minutes, three foreign players are allowed to play and the tournament will be played in a league format, with the winners gaining the most points.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Two reverses in a morning

PPCFC Academy U-15s, back row, LtoR: Samnang, Chanmony, Sovannaroth, Savey, Safy (capt). Front Row: Chetra, Samel, Pisoth, Piseth, Rina, N David - click to enlarge
Sunday 24 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-15s 0 FFC Academy 1 (U-15 Youth League).
In this morning's U-15 Youth league game at Western Stadium, the FFC recorded their first victory over Crown after ten straight defeats. The goal arrived on 33 minutes after Crown were punished for giving away possession. Former PPCFC keeper Kung Rafat kept Tong Chanmony and Mao Piseth at bay, before Piseth weaved his way past two defenders but flashed his shot across the face of the goal. Svang Samnang was down quickly to make a smart stop but had little chance with the goal just before the break. Moments later, Piseth broke clear but his cheeky lob over Rafat came back off the upright. In a stop-start second-half Piseth was again in the thick of the action but was denied with a curling free-kick, Chanmony's long range effort was pushed out and in the final minute, Piseth was deprived twice of a deserved equaliser, as FFC recorded a rare success.
Match report to follow.
PPCFC Academy vs Naga, back row, LtoR: Sovann, Sodavid, Senteang, Titchhy, Umaru, Samnang. Front Row: Muslim, Soksela, Chanchav, Baraing, Noeut - click to enlarge
Sunday 24 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy 0 Nagaworld 2 (Friendly)
In this morning's practice match at RSN, Crown threatened twice early on through Ouk Sovann, but he blasted his first drive over the bar and then sent a 25 yard free-kick inches wide of the target. Barry Lelouma rose to head Naga in front on 11 minutes and the visitors saw out the first half in control of the ball, with Keo Soksela making one excellent fingertip save in the home goal. The second half was even less inspiring though Umaru Samura sent a great opportunity past the upright, before Naga made the game safe on 90 minutes when Chhim Sambo headed in from a corner. A Sovann effort was blocked at the end as the Academy suffered their third loss to Nagaworld in as many games.
Match report to follow.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rotin on song

PPCFC vs BBU, back row, LtoR: C Pisa, Obadin, Thierry, Sokheng, Ursaphea, Matnorotin. Front Row: Boran, Tola, Booysen, Suleiman, Koroma - click to enlarge
Saturday 23 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown 4 BBU 2 (Friendly).
Not one of Crown's better performances but they were too strong for BBU and after leading 3-nil at the break, ran out 4-2 victors at RSN this afternoon. Sary Matnorotin netted twice on 9 minutes, finishing off a Santie Koroma pass at the 2nd attempt, and again on 36 minutes. His second goal was a neat first-time finish inside the post following more excellent work from Koroma, who celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday. Sandwiched in between was a well-struck penalty kick by Bin Thierry, on 15 minutes after Shane Booysen had been hauled down by keeper Sos Proshim, as he followed up a Matnorotin shot that was saved. Two goals in six minutes, on 62 and 67 minutes, gave BBU a sniff of a result that was extinguished as Booysen raced onto Matnorotin's pass, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball home on 71 minutes. Game over.
Full match report to follow.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Shoe-horning into 3 months

Sabay have today announced that the Metfone C-League, which was postponed by the FFC until 1 July, will now cram all of its games into a 15-week window between 1 July and 11 October. With the re-introduction of the dreaded play-offs (they used the more genuine first past the post last season), that means all 22 league games for each club will be shoe-horned into twelve weeks of competition (necessitating both weekend and midweek matches for all, every week) and the play-offs will be held in a 3-week period to round it all off. There will be home & away for some clubs, the others without their own stadiums, will play all their matches on the new artificial surface at the Olympic Stadium. The 12-team league is being continued with CMAC likely to fill the slot vacated by Albirex's closure. The reason for this ultra-short 3-month season is that the Federation wish to hold some end of year tournaments, according to Sabay. Oh, and another spanner in the works is the World Cup. During this shortest-ever season on record, will be 3 World Cup matches; in early September Cambodia will play Japan and Syria and immediately after the play-off final, they meet Singapore. So there will be a club-v-country conundrum if top players are taken away from their clubs for training camps and forced to miss league matches. And just to add another spanner, the AFC Cup qualifiers will be held in August and Cambodia will have 1 team in that. With such a schedule, that won't allow any player time to recover from injuries or fatigue. A punishing program in anyone's book. On the bright side, for the fans there will be an abundance of football over the next few months, with many of the games being televised too.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Two more games, two more wins

PPCFC Academy vs C/Tiger, back row, LtoR: Sovann, Sodavid, Soksela, Chanpolin, Titchhy, Thomas. Front: Muslim, Piphop, Suleiman, Ponvuthy, Baraing - click to enlarge
Sunday 17 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy 3 Cambodian Tiger 2 (Friendly).
The senior Academy line-up were too strong for Cambodian Tiger in this afternoon's friendly at RSN. A well-flighted trademark Ouk Sovann free-kick punished the visitors on 10 minutes and Suleiman Samura was all alone to head in Sraing Titchhy's deep free-kick after 29 minutes. Academy keeper Keo Soksela got a hand to Chan Rithy's penalty to divert it onto the crossbar, but the Tigers got a second spot-kick when Pov Ponvuthy handled and Neou Sosela rolled in the penalty two minutes before the interval. Kim Chhaya put Crown further ahead on 55 minutes, toe-poking home Sovann's pass before Sosela netted on the run six minutes later to give the game its final score of 3-2 to Crown.
Match report to follow.
PPCFC U-15s vs Navy, back row, LtoR: Samnang, Sovannaroth, Davann, Savey, Panha, N David (capt). Front: Punlork, Rina, Piseth, S David, Kakada - click to enlarge
Sunday 17 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-15s 5 Navy 0 (U-15 Youth League).
The young Academy team recorded their second consecutive 5-0 victory in this morning's Youth League match on the all-weather Western pitch. Mao Piseth opened the scoring with a neat finish on 3 minutes, but they had to wait until a minute before the break when Sin Kakada's left wing cross-shot sailed into the top corner. Crown continued to dominate the game after the break and within three minutes, Chriv Sokundavann lobbed the goalkeeper from 25 yards for number 3. Tong Chanmony's accurate corner was headed powerfully in by Chea Savey on 46 minutes and chances went begging before Mit Samel latched onto Chanmony's pass and scored with the final kick of the game.
Match report to follow.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Practice reversal

PPCFC vs B/Ket, back row, LtoR: Sokheng, Charly, S Pisa, Makara, C Pisa, Ary. Front Row: Da, Matnorotin, Tola, Booysen, Koroma - click to enlarge
Saturday 16 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown 0 Boeung Ket 2 (Friendly).
Crown left their goalscoring boots in the dressing room today as they squandered a handful of chances to have won this match and allowed the visitors to score twice in five minutes at this end of this pre-season practice match at RSN Stadium. Um Tola and Santi Koroma had great first-half opportunities but failed to score, while Boeung Ket blasted a penalty over the cross-bar. After the break, Crown continued to pull the strings with Sary Matnorotin twice and Tola presented with chances which they didn't convert. Crown made six changes midway through the second half and Boeung Ket took advantage a minute later when Sok Pheng scored with their first shot on target on 77 minutes. A long ball over the top and Pheng netted his second five minutes later. Both Rafael Oliveira and Suleiman Samura went close for the home side but there was no change to the scoreline.
Match report to follow.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Yet another Academy double

PPCFC U-18s, back row, LtoR: Chanpolin, Senteang, Sodavid, Thomas, Soksela, Sovann. Front Row: Chanchav, Chansopheak, Rozak, Muslim, Phearath - click to enlarge
Sunday 10 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-18s 5 Svay Rieng U-19s 3 (Result).
Another exciting friendly at RSN Stadium this morning as the Crown Academy proved too strong for rivals Svay Rieng. It was end-to-end for the first-half with Yeu Muslim scoring on 9 minutes, only for SVR to level on 20 minutes. The visitors took the lead with six minutes of the half left to play before Chhuot Senteang latched onto a Jason Thomas clearance and walked the ball in on 42 minutes. Within a minute Ouk Sovann lashed home to put Crown ahead but with the final kick of the half, SVR equalised to make it 3-3 at the break. Crown controlled the game in the second-half with Sovann adding a second on 58 minutes and Muslim made sure with his 2nd goal, with ten minutes to go from Seut Baraing's pinpoint pass. As usual the two teams didn't disappoint the watching fans.
Full match report to follow. 
PPCFC U-15s, back row, LtoR: Chanmony, Davann, Chetra, Savey, Sovannaroth, Samnang. Front: Kakada, Pisoth, Rina, S David, Punlork - click to enlarge
Sunday 10 May 2015: Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-15s 7 Chraing Chamres 1 (Friendly).
Played in very hot conditions at RSN, it was the visitors who grabbed the lead on 37 minutes and held it until half-time. It was a very different story after the interval as Crown stepped up their game and Tong Chanmony blasted in an equaliser from 25-yards out on 53 minutes. A goalkeeping fumble gave a gift to Mao Piseth on 70 minutes and two goals in as many minutes from Mat Samel and Sok Panha put Crown firmly in control. Piseth headed his second on 84 minutes, outjumping the goalkeeper, and Seut Baraing netted with a powerful header on 90 minutes. Chanmony wrapped it up in injury time with an unstoppable drive that arrowed into the net.
Full match report to follow.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Crown hit 9

 PPCFC, back row, LtoR: C Pisa, Charly, Ursaphea, Obadin, Booysen, Bisan. Front Row: S Pisa, Da, Sokheng, Tola, Koroma - click to enlarge
Saturday 9 May 2014: Phnom Penh Crown 9 Army 2 (Friendly).
Scoring 7 goals without reply by the halftime break had seen Crown dominate the match from the kick-off, though the second-half saw another four goals, two by each team, to give a final scoreline at RSN of 9-2. Both teams were without their national team players but it was Crown who demonstrated greater strength in their squad and were quickly into their stride with Odion Obadin powering home a header from Shane Booysen's corner in the 4th minute. Another header from a Booysen corner, this time by Santi Koroma made it 2-nil on 13 minutes. Booysen himself added the next on 17 minutes before Um Tola poked the ball home on 23 minutes. Two goals in a minute by George Bisan and Booysen gave Crown a clear advantage and Bisan collected his second a minute before the break. 40 seconds after the restart and Booysen scored his hat-trick, with a tap-in and he rolled in another, just after the hour to make it a personal tally of 4 goals. Army netted twice, on 56 and 89 minutes, but were a well-beaten team on the day.
Match report to follow.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Naga keeper keeps them in it

PPCFC vs Naga, back row, LtoR: Makara, C Pisa, Kim, Bisan, Obadin, Ary. Front: Matnorotin, S Pisa, Suleiman, Booysen, Koroma - click to enlarge
Saturday 2 May 2014: Phnom Penh Crown 1 Nagaworld 1 (Friendly).
A 1-1 draw was the final result of this afternoon's friendly at RSN though Naga have their goalkeepers to thank for a series of outstanding saves to deny Crown a victory. It was Naga who took the lead when Barry Lelouma poked home from a corner on 19 minutes though Sary Matnorotin and Shane Booysen will wonder how they didn't score in the first of three 30-minute periods. George Bisan levelled the score with a thunderbolt of a strike from 20 yards after Booysen latched onto Jeongho Kim's pass and set up his teammate with 53 minutes on the clock. Booysen was again denied and so was Bisan and then Santi Koroma as Crown created the chances but failed to find the back of the net.
Match report to follow.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Crown best Civil Aviation

PPCFC U-15s vs SSCA: Back Row LtoR: N David, Panha, Davann, Safy, Sovannaroth, Samnang. Front: Punlork, Pisoth, Piseth, Rina, Kakada - click to enlarge
Saturday 25 April 2015: Result: Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-15s 2 SSCA U-17s 1 (Friendly).
For a match they controlled from the start, the Academy U-15s had some nervy moments at the end of this friendly at RSN against the older U-17 SSCA (Civil Aviation) side after they were reduced to ten men. Completely dominant in the first-half, Sin Kakada had a free-kick scrambled away, he then blasted over the bar when it looked easier to score and then set up Mao Piseth, whose run and shot down the middle was blocked. Kakada then opened the scoring with a composed finish from Nop David's through ball on 18 minutes. Piseth and Sok Panha with a header were foiled by the visiting keeper before Kie Rina whacked a shot against the cross-bar and then had a weak shot cleared off the goal-line. Kakada and Piseth went close again before another David pass gave Piseth the opportunity to score his team's second on 35 minutes, with a typically neat finish. Kakada had the last chance of a hectic first period when he beat two players but failed to find a strong enough finish. It had been one-way traffic up to this point. With half a dozen substitutions for the home team disrupting the flow of the game, the second period was uneven and with sixteen minutes left on the clock, Piseth saw red for an out-of-character kick on an opponent. He had been on the pitch for a minute after he returned to replace Kakada. SSCA got back into the game from a free-kick, which hit the inside of the upright and crossed the line on 80 minutes. Crown keeper Svang Samnang swapped his gloves and twice went close to scoring late on, though it still needed a good save from his replacement in goal, Choi Laiheang to keep Civil Aviation from equalizing late on.
PPCFC U-15s: Samnang (Laiheang 77), Panha (Samnang 82), Davann (Savey 53), Safy, Sovannaroth, Punlork (Chetra 53), Rina (S David 53), N David (Sok Thearoth 68), Pisoth (Yim Makara 68), Kakada (Piseth 79), Piseth (Chanmony 41). Bookings: Chanmony, Piseth (*red card). Goals: Kakada (18), Piseth (35).

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In-house friendly - 16 goals

PPCFC A, back row, LtoR: Sokthorn, S Pisa, Kim, Bisan, Ary, Boris. Front: Sothy, Boran, Makara, Booysen, Koroma. click to enlarge
With the non-appearance of AEU for today's RSN friendly, Phnom Penh Crown played an internal practice match, which resulted in the first-choice line-up winning 13-3. Getting on the scoresheet were Shane Booysen 3, Santi Koroma 3, George Bisan 2, Va Sokthorn 2, Pov Ponvuthy 2 and Yok Ary. George Bisan switched sides at the break and scored two more for the B-team, to add to one from Rafael Oliveira (pen).
More from the match later.
PPCFC B, back row, LtoR: C Pisa, Sokheng, Charly, Polo, Srey. Front: Da, Piphop, Tola, Phearath, Rozak, Oliveira - click to enlarge

Friday, April 24, 2015

Naga win at RSN

PPCFC U-17s, back row, LtoR: Thomas, Sovann, Soksela, Samnang, Titchhy, Suleiman. Front: Chanpolin, Ponvuthy, Chhaya, Noeut, Baraing - click to enlarge
Result: Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-17s 1 NagaWorld 3 (Friendly).
In this afternoon's practice match at RSN, both sides had chances with Ouk Sovann having Crown's best, before Naga took the lead through Chhim Sambo on 24 minutes when the visitors made the U-17s pay for giving the ball away. Sovann was denied a second time before a Sun Sopanha free-kick somehow found its way into the net on 31 minutes and Naga led two-nil at the break. The Academy brightened up their act after the break and Sovann put in one of his trademark free-kicks only to see it tipped over at the last moment. Naga struck the cross-bar but it was the U-17s who scored next, with 15 minutes remaining as Sok Rithy fouled In Sodavid and Orn Chanpolin netted confidently from the penalty spot. The Academy went in search of an equaliser but Naga wrapped it up when Khim Borey sneaked a header into the far corner with five minutes to go.
Match Report to follow.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ten and out

PPCFC U-17s, ack row, LtoR: Chanvuthy, Sakrovy, Thomas, Samnang, Chanchav, Phearath. Front: Muslim, Piphop, Chansopheak, Ponvuthy, Rozak - click to enlarge
Sunday 19 April 2015: Result: Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-17s 10 Next Step (Siem Reap) 1 (Friendly).
It took 45 minutes for the Academy U-17s to shake the lethargy out of their boots, during which time the Siem Reap-based Next Step FC had taken the lead on 24 minutes, in the first of three 30-minute halves. The visiting goalkeeper was kept busy and did well to keep out Crown until a flurry of substitutions kick-started the Academy's intensity and In Sodavid levelled the scores on 47 minutes. More goals followed with Suleiman Samura (49), Ouk Sovann (56) and an Orn Chanpolin penalty (59) making it 4-1 at the second break. Now in a dominant mood, the Academy piled on the pressure in search of more goals and they quickly came. Kim Chhaya forced an own goal (65) and Suleiman scored his second (82). Sovann (85) and Chanpolin (85) netted before Suleiman grabbed his hat-trick on 90 minutes and then struck a fourth four minutes into stoppage time to make it a rout.
Match report to follow.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cambodia's World Cup schedule

The Asian section of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 2nd Round draw was made today and placed Cambodia (after their 1st Round success over Macau) in the same group as Japan, Syria, Afghanistan and Singapore. The countries will play home & away games (8 matches each) to determine who will progress to the 3rd Round as well as the Asian Cup.
Cambodia's matches will take place as follows:
11 Jun: Cambodia vs Singapore
16 Jun: Cambodia vs Afghanistan
3 Sep: Japan vs Cambodia
8 Sep: Cambodia vs Syria
13 Oct: Singapore vs Cambodia
12 Nov: Afghanistan vs Cambodia
17 Nov: Cambodia vs Japan
24 Mar 16: Syria vs Cambodia.

Note: It looks like Cambodia will travel to Jordan to play the away game with Syria, as they do not play their 'home' matches in Syria because of the on-going conflict there. And Afghanistan are likely to play their 'home' matches in Tajikistan.

Phnom Penh Crown's influential midfielder Bin Thierry gave his views after he heard the FIFA World Cup draw had paired the Cambodia national team against Japan, Syria, Afghanistan and Singapore in their 2nd Round group. Thierry, who is currently on holiday in Canada, had this to say: "I just woke up and saw the draw and it's a wonderful opportunity for Cambodia, the players and of course, the fans. This will be a fantastic experience. For sure, our group is very hard but we will give our very best in every game. What we will need is for everyone in Cambodia to support and cheer for us in each match. I can't wait for the games to begin."