Yeu Muslim (10) nets the first of his three 1st-half goalsThe Phnom Penh Crown Academy youngsters kicked off their Barclays Capital ISF U-14 Champions League series of matches in the most emphatic of ways, demolishing their opponents, Komar Athyreach, 19-0 at their RSN Stadium headquarters. On a mission to regain the BCISF trophy they won last season, the Academy team passed their guests to death from the start and quickly established an unassailable lead. As the goals rattled in, Yeu Muslim netted a first-half hat-trick, with Mat Sakrovy scoring twice and a goal apiece or Ken Chansopheak, In Sodavid and Pov Ponvuthy. An interval lead of 8-0 was a fraction of what it could've been. Coach Bouy Dary changed his complete line-up at the break and the youngsters of Komar Athyreach simply had no answer to the power, pace and precision passing of the home team. Full-back Ouk Sovann ventured upfield to open the Academy's second-half account, an own goal and then the other full-back, Seut Baraing got his name on the scoresheet too. Midfield strongman Orn Chanpolin rattled in a hat-trick, Pov Ponvuthy scored twice more to claim his trio, Vat Samnang netted a couple and Suon Noeut completed the 19-0 rout in the final seconds. A clinical display in anyone's book.
The second string of Crown's U-14 youngsters compete in the BCISF U-14 Premier League with a mix of Academy and non-Academy boys, some of which are ten years old. On the smaller pitch, they peppered the goal of their New Hope opponents throughout but found it almost impossible to beat the keeper until he punched the ball into his own goal from a corner. New Hope equalised but after the break, two goals from Nop David including a penalty, Kim Chhaya and Thy Ronaldo eased Crown to a 5-2 victory.
The Crown Academy first-half team. Back Row LtoR: Sopheak, Piphop, Senteang, Sakrovy, Rozak. Front: Muslim, Phearath, Sodavid, Chansopheak
The Crown Academy 2nd-half team. Back Row LtoR: Chanpolin, Baraing, Sovann, Titchhy. Front: Ponvuthy, Noeut, Chanchav, T Chhaya, V Samnang
Mat Sakrovy scores a goal with a slide-rule finish
Midfielder In Sodavid pushed up to net a goal in the first-half
Listening intently to their coach at half-time. LtoR: Rozak, Chanpolin, Sopheak, Baraing and Sovann
Coach Bouy Dary carries on the instructions at the half-time interval
The Crown Premier League line-up before their 5-2 win over New Hope