|PPCFC starting line-up. Back Row LtoR: Ary, Thierry, Boris, Pheng, Srin, Hasan. Front: Phearun, Da, Dani, Suhana, Rady|
Crown coach Schweingruber rang the changes throughout the second-half, with eight substitutions but the story remained the same. Crown pressing, with PKR defending resolutely. In fact they nearly claimed a second just after the interval but Mak Phearun headed off the goal-line. Sos Suhana fired a shot into the keeper's chest, Kouch Dani sent a fizzing long range drive just over the cross-bar and Boris failed to connect strongly enough after another trademark burst into the box. Khim Borey sent a dipping shot just over and then Leng Makara thought he'd equalised with a strong downward header, only for the keeper to claw the ball away from the foot of the upright. With three minutes left on the clock, PKR netted a second goal against the run of play. Another Sopanha free-kick took a wicked deflection, forcing Samrith Seiha into a super one-handed save only for Sun Vandeth to react quickest and fire into an empty net. There was still time for a Thierry free-kick to be palmed aside by the keeper before Crown finally found the target in the final minute of the match, but it was too little, too late. Bouy Dary's pin-point corner was met by the forehead of Leng Makara in the six-yard box for a consolation goal, but the whistle went soon after and Crown will be reflecting on their lack of firepower in this hard-fought friendly encounter.
PPCFC line-up v Svay Rieng: Ary (Seiha 46), Da (Borey 46), Phearun (Makara 62), Srin (Lika 62), Rady, Boris (Pisa), Hasan (Dara 62), Suhana (Dary 62), Dani, Pheng (Morslim), Thierry. Subs not used: Chamrouen, Kano. Bookings: None.
|A sight which will please Crown fans as Kouch Sokumpheak gets used to the ball again after months of inactivity|
|Kouch Sokumpheak watches his teammates as he contemplates his comeback in a month or two|