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Sunday, March 25, 2012
More Academy success
Beaming smiles from Sath Rozak and Ken Chansopheak after their 2-0 cup final success
Today was cup final day for the Phnom Penh Crown Academy and the non-Academy youngsters who turn out every Sunday in the Barclays Capital-sponsored ISF U-14 league competitions. Both had won their way through to the play-off final and kicked-off at the same time at the Army Stadium earlier this afternoon. The Academy team had already won 10 out of 10 matches in the Champions League competition and then beat the Flying Tigers 5-1 in last weekend's semi-final. Their cup final opponents were none other than their main rivals Preah Khan Reach, beaten 4-0 in their league meeting, so itching for revenge. Playing thirty minute halves, Crown took the lead after eight minutes when Yeu Muslim's cross was diverted past his own keeper by a PKR defender. That was just after skipper In Sodavid had flashed a shot against the cross-bar. At the other end, keeper Chhuot Senteang pushed a free-kick onto the Crown bar. Eight minutes after the restart, Vat Samnang continued his habit of scoring important goals, when he raced past his marker and fired in a vicious shot from an acute angle for Crown's second goal. Moments later, Sodavid crashed a shot against an upright. No more goals though a few near misses and Crown were jumping for joy at the final whistle, after teaching their rivals another footballing lesson. In the mixed B-team with four Academy players, they met KDFO's Blue Flag in the U-14 Premier League final and were also cock-a-hoop after winning 3-2 with Svang Samnang scoring twice and Ly Heng grabbing the winner. A perfect day at the ISF finals for the Crown youngsters.
The PPCFC team for the 1st half. Back: Sakrovy, Senteang, Sovann, Baraing. Front: Sodavid, Muslim, Ponvuthy, Piphop, Rozak