The PPCFC2 squad, who finished top of the table after the round-robin matches. Back Row LtoR: Baraing, K Chhaya, Ronaldo, S Samnang, Sovann, Titchhy. Front Row: Piphop, Phearath, Noeut, David, Ponvuthy, V Samnang.
The PPCFC1 squad, who'll meet their Academy colleagues in tomorrow's final. Back Row LtoR: Sovannaroth, Sakrovy, Chanpolin, Sopheak, Senteang, Chanchav. Front Row: Rozak, Sodavid, Muslim, T Chhaya, Chansopheak.The two Phnom Penh Crown Academy teams coasted through to the final of the First State Gold Investment Cup after coming top and second in the round-robin matches that were played this afternoon. The final will take place tomorrow, Sunday, at 10am and will be screened live on TVK. The venue is the RSN Stadium in Tuol Kork. In fact the team registered as PPCFC2 finished in top spot with 10 points from 4 games after putting one over the PPCFC1 team in the very final match of the afternoon. They won 1-0, with Ouk Sovann scoring, much to their obvious delight at the final whistle as they threw their shirts into the air and danced around like they'd won the FA Cup. The competition was for 7-a-side teams of players who were thirteen years old or younger, and played on reduced sized pitches. The International Soccer Academy from Singapore made the trip though the two Vietnam invitees pulled out at the last minute. Empowering Youth Cambodia organisation in Phnom Penh filled in one of the vacant spots, joining with the U-13 Festival champions Cambodian Foundation Organisation from Kompong Chhnang, and the two teams from the Crown Academy. The day got underway with PPCFC1 beating CFO 2-0 with Phoeun Sopheak and Mat Sakrovy scoring. ISA won their first match 9-0 against EYC who found the opposition tough in all their matches. Sraing Titchhy netted a penalty as PPCFC2 did well to eke out a 1-1 draw with the taller ISA team. PPCFC1 then put 9 past EYC without reply, with Yeu Muslim scoring 4, Sakrovy 2, In Sodavid, Phoeun Sopheak and Ken Chansopheak 1 each. They then followed that with a 1-0 win in a close fought match with the Singapore Academy, Sopheak firing the winner through a forest of legs. PPCFC2 came from behind to beat CFO 4-3 in a nail-biting clash. Ouk Sovann 2, Titchhy and Pov Ponvuthy scoring the goals. Another victory for PPCFC2 came with a 5-0 success against EYC. Vat Samnang and Long Phearath scored before Men Piphop fired in a hat-trick. To round off proceedings, the final match saw the two PPCFC teams face-off against each other, which was a dress rehearsal for tomorrow's final. Temporary bragging rights go to PPCFC2, who made sure their colleagues knew about the 1-0 win both on the pitch and at the after-competition dinner at Diamond Hotel later in the evening. Overall fabulous entertainment played in the right spirit by all the teams.