|PPCFC Academy. 1st half. Back LtoR: Chanpolin, Sodavid, Chansopheak, Samnang, Baraing. Front: Piphop, Nuron, Muslim, Phearath|
Blow me down, they did it again. The Preah Khan Reach U-16s have the Indian Sign over the Phnom Penh Crown U-14 Academy boys at the moment. Despite PKR's age and size advantage, games between the two teams are always close and evenly-contested for the most part, though I've yet to recall a win for the Academy youngsters. Which is rare, as the Academy tend to beat everyone else out of sight. Today's 9-a-side game at the 3G all-weather pitch was a case in point. PKR started strongly, went ahead only to see the Academy boys pass their way into a 3-2 lead with five minutes of the match remaining. Then with literally the last kick of the match PKR equalized at 3-3 and the teams once again shared the spoils, which is becoming an all-too-common result when the teams meet. The match was played at 3G as Crown's RSN Stadium pitch is currently waterlogged. The Academy were at full strength besides the injured Phoeun Sopheak and Nop David, who was taken to hospital last night to have tests to determine if he has dengue fever. We certainly hope not and wish David a speedy recovery.
Preah Khan took the lead after just two minutes, capitalising on a defensive error, though PPCFC levelled twenty minutes later, by which time they were well on top, when Orn Chanpolin finished off a sweet passing move. Playing three halves of thirty minutes each, Crown went ahead near the end of the second period when Ouk Sovann sent a free kick from his own half over the head of the opposing goalkeeper. In the third half, PKR equalised before Seut Baraing ventured forward from defence to cap a fine run with a goal. With a victory on the cards, Crown were brought back down to earth with that last gasp leveller from PKR. Honours even, again.
|Yeu Muslim sprints clear of the PKR defence|
|New arrival Mat Nuron feels the pain|
|The Academy line-up for the 2nd half: Back: Chanpolin, Senteang, S Samnang, Sovann, Sakrovy. Front: V Samnang, K Chhaya, Noeut, T Chhaya|
|The third half starters. Back: K Chhaya, Sodavid, Titchhy, S Samnang, Sakrovy. Front: Piphop, V Samnang, Ponvuthy, Chanchav|
|Coach Bouy Dary explains exactly what he wants from his squad|
|The Academy boys listen to instructions|