Sunday, May 8, 2011

On the park

Thul Sothearith leads out his Crown team in blue and black at a sparsely-populated Olympic Stadium
More photos from yesterday's top-of-the-table clash between Phnom Penh Crown and Chhlam Samuth. Crown stamped their authority on the new boys in the C-League by winning 2-nil and didn't let the Sea Sharks have much of a sniff at all in the 90 minutes. Another good day at the office for Crown. They have 1 more league game, a tough one against BBU next week and then it's the AFC President's Cup from 21-25 May. One disappointing aspect of yesterday's game was the attendance. It was a pretty small crowd at 2pm for what was a 1st v 2nd match-up. I noticed a few foreigners in the crowd which was good to see, especially one female who was showing off a tattooed upper body that drew stares from literally everyone in the crowd. Talking of stares (and candid photos), if you have been reading my football reports for a while now, you may recall the peanut princess. Unfortunately, she is well and truly a thing of the past, I've searched but I can't find her anywhere, but she'll never be forgotten.
The goalkeeping team at Crown. LtoR: Prak Vanny (coach), Hong Visokra, Nhim Bunna, Peng Bunchhay.
The Crown substitutes warm-up for the match with Ken Nwafor on the ball
The heat on the pitch at 1.30pm was almost unbearable but the players still go through their paces
The Crown bench a few minutes before kick-off. Coach Bojan Hodak (right) regards me with indifference.
Chhlam Samuth have done well this season and did well to keep Crown down to just two goals
The two captains watch referee Khuon Virak in full tossing mode. Yien Kivatanak, next to him, gazes on in admiration hoping one day to be able to toss so well.

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