Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tiny pitch

The starting XI for Crown. Back LtoR: Pheng, Narin, Thierry, Oladiji, Obadin, Boris. Front: Da, Seyha, Makara, Ary, Lika
Phnom Penh Crown's tour of the northwest continued with a match against the local champions of Poipet, Black Eagle FC at the tiny Don Bosco school pitch earlier today. Forty minutes each way, Crown made all the early running with Leng Narin sending a couple of efforts goalwards and Nelson Oladiji heading wide before Men Seyha gave the touring team a 15th minute lead. Bin Thierry's pass put him wide on the left and as he reached the goal-line he sent a cheeky shot inside the near post, surprising the keeper. Three minutes later and Thierry's pass to Oladiji gave the Nigerian striker the space to strike a fierce shot that gave the goalkeeper no chance. The opposition gave themselves a lifeline on 36 minutes when a miss-placed pass from Chhom Pisa allowed them to pull a goal back with a quick breakaway. After the interval, the Black Eagles keeper was kept much the busier as he was called on to tip over a Leng Makara header just 28 seconds in, and then forced to come to his team's rescue as efforts from Oladiji, Pisa and Makara rained in. Hong Pheng sent a header just over the bar and Pisa's 20 yard screamer was pushed around the post before Crown grabbed their third goal of the afternoon. With 69 minutes on the clock, Mak Phearun's cross to the far post was powerfully headed in by the late arrival of Pheak Rady. Chhuot Senteang went very close on two occasions to opening his senior account but looked on as his efforts failed to find the target, whilst Thierry rounded three players but also watched in disbelief as the upright came to the opposition's rescue. 3-1 and Crown's third win on the road. The Academy team beat Blooming FC 4-1 in a game played before the main attraction.
Line-up: Ary (Soksela), Da (Rady ((Ratana)), Seyha (Srin), Obadin (Narin ((Dara)), Lika (Phearun ((Kano)), Boris (Thierry), Narin (Sothy ((Sodavid)), Pheng (Morslim), Thierry (Pisa), Makara, Oladiji (Senteang). MOTM: Bin Thierry.

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