Sunday, August 19, 2012

One way traffic

The starting XI for the PPCFC Academy v Army

The Phnom Penh Crown Academy youngsters met the Army U-16s for the first time this morning and handed them a footballing lesson they won't forget in a hurry, with an 11-0 drubbing. With four players missing because of the Muslim Ramadan holiday - Baraing, Muslim, Sakrovy and new boy Nuron - and another three on the injured list, Sopheak, Rozak and Piphop, the Academy squad was  a little thin on the ground against their older opponents. Orn Chanpolin and Vat Samnang put the Crown Academy ahead in the first of three 30-minute halves. Five goals in the second half emphasized their superiority. For starters, Ouk Sovann curled in a free-kick and Sraing Titchhy rolled in a penalty after In Sodavid was tripped. Theang Chhaya fired in from 20-yards and Chhuot Senteang and Choun Chanchav also netted. For the final half, Sodavid scored twice, his second a penalty awarded for handball and Long Phearath also grabbed a brace, his second a gorgeous curling shot from distance. 11-0 and a very comprehensive destruction of the Army youngsters. Crown are looking to host an U-14 tournament in the middle of next month at their RSN Stadium with details to be confirmed. Pech Sovannaroth has left the Academy for family reasons to be replaced by U-14 national team winder Mat 'Messi' Nuron from the Army.

The line-up for the 3rd half v Army

Sraing Titchhy takes aim from the penalty spot

Coach Bouy Dary highlights his requirements

Half-time instructions from coach Dary

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