|PPCFC starting line-up. Back LtoR: Dara, Rady, Obadin, Frimpong, S Pheng, Tiny. Front: Sovan, Suhana, Seiha, Chaya, Borey|
With Crown making all the running and finding the gaps widening in the Khmer-Euro backline, Borey had two more opportunities, the first saved by Tea, the second slipping a foot wide, while he turned provided for Emmanuel Frimpong, only for the Ghanaian to head agonisingly wide. Two minutes after the half hour and Crown went further ahead. Sok Pheng turned the last defender as he moved onto Tieng Tiny's pass, raced towards goal before unselfishly rolling the ball to Suhana, who took a touch to set himself and slotted in his second of the game. The visitors made three quick personnel changes but it was Borey who missed badly from nine yards after Frimpong's pass split the defence. In a rare break, Seiha kept out Sovythang Am's far post header before Sok Pheng netted Crown's 4th goal. A minute of regulation time remaining, Pheng passed to Suhana but his shot was blocked by Tea, only for the ball to be rolled into Pheng's path and he sidefooted his strike into the top corner from fifteen yards out. On the stroke of half-time, French-Khmer Thierry Bin took advantage of a cheaply-awarded free-kick 22 yards out to show his dead-ball talent, curling a beauty over the wall and into the top corner, giving Seiha no chance. In the second minute of additional time, Suhana claimed his hat-trick goal, lifting the ball high into the net from the edge of the box, just seconds after Chan Chaya had a great chance saved by the busy Tea. It was an entertaining first-half for an audience reduced by police operations outside the stadium.
Crown made six changes at half-time and the game suffered as a result. Though head coach David Booth was happy that his team didn't concede, the contest was a lot closer after the break and sub keeper Yok Ary used his feet to keep out an early chance for Am, after the striker had outpaced Vi Lika. Ten minutes into the second half and Suhana stung the hands of Tea with a vicious drive which the keeper did well to stop. On the hour, Tea again saved the day, blocking Suhana's attempt with his feet, while Ary denied a free header by Am with a Gordon Banks-like goal-line save. The final action should've seen Suhana, a constant threat, add to his tally after Borey had raced from his own half with the ball and slid it to his teammate, but his shot was somehow blocked and the second period ended goal-less, and a moral 2nd-half face-saver for the Khmer-European team against the reigning Cambodian champions.
PPCFC line-up: Seiha (Ary 46), Rady (Vanthan 46), Sovan, Tiny capt (Seyha 80), Obadin (Lika 46), Dara, Frimpong (Sothy 46), Chaya (Makara 46), Borey, Suhana, Sok Pheng (Sovanna 46). Sub not used: Chamroeun. Bookings: Tiny, Sothy. Referee: Chuop Visal.
|Coach David Booth makes his point|
|Pre-match instructions from the coach to his starting XI|
|Captains Tieng Tiny (left) and Makara Tea|
|The Khmer-Europe XI line-up|