|PPCFC v Nat Police. Back LtoR: Pheng, Boris, Thierry, Srin, Hasan, Borey. Front. Suhana, Sothy, Dani, Seiha, Da - click to enlarge|
With Crown still rubbing the sleep from their eyes, a quick break on the left allowed Takahito Ota in behind the defence and his pull-back from the bye-line was finished off by an all-alone Noun Borey. It was a kick in the teeth for Crown, just 36 seconds into the 2nd half. Crown stopper Samrith Seiha needed to be at his alert best on the hour to deny Police a second when Srey Udom escaped his marker only to find the keeper in the right place to save his point-blank strike. A minute later and Suhana set up Borey at the other end but he screwed his shot across the face of goal and wide. Dani then fired a 25-yard drive straight at Yoshida before Crown grabbed the equaliser their efforts deserved. On 63 minutes, Pheng won the ball and fed substitute Leng Makara who cut inside and passed to Borey, and he neatly set up Suhana for an accurate low drive from the edge of the box that nestled in the corner of the net. All-square at 1-1. However, the expected pressure for the winner from Crown never really materialized as Police used their spoiling tactics to kill time. A Sothy effort went straight to Yoshida and then with five minutes remaining, Borey raced onto a loose ball and a goal looked a certainty. The last touch from Say Piseth's header as he collided with his keeper presented Borey with the ball but he was too wide for a first-time finish and as he shaped to shoot his effort was blocked and the chance gone. It was definitely not Khim Borey's day. In the third minute of time added on, Police's Noun Borey led with his elbow as he challenged Thierry for a bouncing ball and was shown a straight red card. It was a nailed-on dismissal yet Borey still took two minutes to leave the pitch before referee Lim Bunthoeurn blew for full-time, increasing Crown's frustrating afternoon. Lidwina Niewold's arrival on the pitch to treat Thierry's injury at the end of the game was a small footnote in history, as the first-ever female physio to participate in a C-League match.
PPCFC v Nat Police: Seiha, Da, Dani, Boris, Srin, Sothy, Thierry, Hasan (Makara 55), Pheng (Morslim 79), Suhana, Borey. Subs not used: Ary, Chamrouen, Dara, Lika, Dary, Pisa, Kano. Booking: Dani. MOTM: Borey.