Sunday, May 20, 2012

In good spirits

The all-PPCFC bar 1 line-up for the 2nd half: Back Row LtoR: Chanpolin, Sovann, Sodavid, Baraing, K Chhaya, Chanvuthy. Front: Chansopheak, Piphop, Rozak, Muslim, Ponvuthy.
 With the final squad of 22 players chosen for the Cambodian U-14's national team that will be winging its way to Malaysia next weekend, they took on the Prek Kdam U-15s on Sunday morning in a final practice match, at the RSN Stadium in Tuol Kork. National coach Bouy Dary has selected 17 of his own Phnom Penh Crown Academy players to form the bulk of the squad, which will certainly help with continuity, while Preah Khan Reach supply three players and the Army and Prek Kdam one apiece. Dary began the practice match with a mixed line-up for the first of three thirty minute halves. PKR striker Kim Hap's two goals in a minute put the U-14's in the driving seat though a penalty for Prek Kdam gave them a moment to celebrate. Just before the first break, Mat Sakrovy struck the bar and as the ball came down to Mat Nuron, he was felled in the area. Sakrovy stroked home the penalty to make it 3-1 at the interval. In the second period, Dary selected his full Crown line-up, except the keeper, and they went to town against their opponents. Yeu Muslim used his goal-poaching instincts to good effect with two tap-ins and a lob for his hat-trick. Other goals rattled in from Orn Chanpolin, In Sodavid with a penalty, Ouk Sovann curled in a free-kick and Pov Ponvuthy showed quick feet to net a superb individual effort to put the U-14's 10-1 ahead at the second interval. For the third half, the coach made further changes and three more goals took the final score to 13-1. Kim Hap completed his hat-trick, Nuron scored after a mazy run and Sodavid collected his second with a long range effort. The U-14s had made this older opponents work hard and go into training camp this week in high spirits.
The Cambodia U-14s starting line-up for the opening half. Back LtoR: Pheakdey, Titchhy, Ravann, Hap, Senteang, Sakrovy. Front: Chanchav, Phearath, Nuron, T Chhaya, Noeut.
In Sodavid keeps his eyes firmly on the ball as he strikes this penalty

Ken Chansopheak executes the perfect cross

Coach Bouy Dary offering his boys a half-time team talk
The Cambodia U-14's squad line up before the match begins

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