With David Booth's half-time warning to pick up at free-kicks and corners ringing in their ears, the Crown defence did exactly the opposite. Just two minutes into the second-half a lofted Sun Sopanha free-kick from the left-wing found Neang Chenla in acres of space and his header bounced across Ary and into the far corner. It was a kick in the guts. Just four minutes later Kouch Sokumpheak thought he'd levelled but the match officials were unmoved. Ouk Sothy's cross to the far post saw Sokumpheak send his diving header goalwards, only for Naga keeper Phorn Ratana to claw the ball away from the goal-line with one hand and referee Yien Kivatanak waved play on. From the resulting Borey corner kick, Sokumpheak's looping header was heading for the top corner before Ratana palmed it from under the cross-bar. At the other end, Yok Ary kept Teab Vathanak's up-and-over free-kick out with a one-handed push over. A couple of minutes later and Naga sub Shola Lawal's rolled shot spun wide of the target and later, Tieng Tiny blocked his goal-bound drive after he skated past two defenders and raced into the box. Sothy thought he'd netted until his hooked shot was headed clear by Nofiu Lawal but Crown will look at two misses in the final stages of the game that should've earned them at least a point. On 82 minutes, a hurried punch-out by Naga keeper Ratana found Borey lying in wait twenty yards from goal, but his return looping header sailed wide of the gaping net by a foot. Two minutes later the miss of the match fell to American import and substitute Melvin Tarley. Sothy ghosted to the bye-line and his perfect pull-back to Tarley on the six-yard box looked a certain equalizer. Instead, Tarley leaned back and watched in horror as his left-foot shot sailed well over the cross-bar. Everyone stood in open-mouthed amazement. That was the last chance of the game as Naga held out for a 2-1 success that they will know was handed to them on a plate.
PPCFC v Naga: Ary, Rady, Sovan, Tiny, Obadin (S Pheng 76), Dara, Sothy, Frimpong, Suhana (Tarley 58), Borey, Sokumpheak. Subs not used: Chamrouen, Seyha, Vanthan, Lika, Sophanal, Rathanak, Sovanna, Makara, H Pheng. Bookings: Tarley, Rady, Frimpong, Tiny.
Crown V NagaCorp: Back Row LtoR: Tiny, Sovan, Dara, Frimpong, Obadin, Borey. Front: Rady, Suhana, Ary, Sothy, Sokumpheak
NagaCorp line-up for the photographers
A pre-match pep-talk inside the Crown dressing room