|PPCFC v BBU. Back LtoR: Seyha, Srin, Thierry, Boris, Pheng, Lika. Front: Makara, Suhana, Seiha, Dani, Borey - click to enlarge|
BBU's Bunhieng headed a free-kick straight at Seiha as the 2nd half got underway, with BBU pressing and Crown drawing back into a more defensive mode. Schweingruber brought on fresh legs in the shape of Mart Hasan and Ouk Sothy with Crown finding the going tough just 48 hours after their Hun Sen Cup tie, as BBU's Rum Rany leaned back and fired well over from the edge of the area. Hasan's aim was off with a fifteen yard drive after Sos Suhana had set up his teammate with a smart lay-off. A minute late, Rany was again off target after he cut inside and let loose with his drive. Crown brought on assistant coach Bouy Dary for his first CPL game in six years, using his experience and nous to help close the game out. In the closing stages, Borey looked lively as he cut inside and screwed a shot past the near post and with two minutes to go, failed by a whisker to get on the end of Suhana's low cross as Proshim came out bravely to deny him. For Schweingruber, the result was all-important. "The two halves were completely different but for good reasons. We played 2 days ago, whilst BBU last played 10 days ago - that's a completely different story. I could see my players expressions change after 40 minutes. They were all tired at the break. If we had tried to play our usual game in the 2nd half, we would've run into counter-attacks and been outclassed by their energy. In the end we made the right decision to stay back and rely on our own counter-attacks. And they never really got close except from free-kicks, where we looked a little vulnerable - we clearly have some work to do. In the 1st half we looked good at times, we looked sharp and we had improved from the previous game, especially our ball retention. We stuck to our game plan and the players did well to translate that onto the field today."
PPCFC v BBU: Seiha, Dani, Seyha, Srin, Lika, Boris (Sothy 67), Thierry, Suhana, Pheng (Hasan 55), Makara (Dary 81), Borey. Subs not used: Ary, Chamrouen, Da, Dara, Phearun, Kano, Pisa, Morslim. Bookings: Makara, Thierry. MOTM: Borey.