With the game being televised live on TVK, a downpour greeted the teams as they entered the field. It was only just over a month ago that Crown beat Police 2-0 at the Old Stadium with two Police players getting red cards. The C-League newcomers started well and were on top when Sophal Udom scuffed his shot across the face of the Crown goal on seven minutes. Three minutes later and Crown turned that around with a stunning opening goal. Sun Sopanha fed Kingsley Njoku who back-heeled the ball into the path of Sun Sovannrithy and his 22 yard thunderous drive crashed into the net off the underside of the crossbar. Kouch Sokumpheak headed a Njoku cross wide of the mark before Crown added to their lead through their Japanese import on 22 minutes. Thul Sothearith lost and then regained the ball and fed Takahito Ota inside the penalty area and after a touch to settle himself, he blasted the ball past the Police keeper. Two minutes later, Sophal Udom left his foot in on Tiny and as we waited for the restart, all hell broke loose. Both Narong and Pancharong began their verbal tug-of-war in jokey fashion before it turned ugly and they exchanged swear words according to a couple of the players. I fully expect Crown to take internal disciplinary action against Narong, pending action from the Federation who will no doubt look into the circumstances which put another black mark against the C-League.
Crown line-up: Bunchhay, Sovannrithy, Sothearith, Tiny, Obadin, Narith, Ota, Sopanha, Chaya, Njoku, Sokumpheak. Subs not used: Visokra, Dara, Sovan, Vanthan, Sophat, Sochivorn, Narong, Rathanak, Ratana, S Pheng, H Pheng. Bookings: Narong (red card).
Postscript: Phoung Narong has been suspended indefinitely by Crown for his actions during the match against National Police.
Crown line-up v Police: Back Row LtoR: Ota, Narith, Tiny, Obadin, Sovannrithy, Bunchhay. Front Row: Sopanha, Njoku, Sokumpheak, Sothearith, Chaya