Sunday, May 19, 2013

Academy success in Singapore

Winners in Singapore. Back Row LtoR: Sath Rozak, Seut Baraing, Kim Chhaya, Svang Samnang. Front: Suon Noeut, Nop David, Men Piphop, Choun Chanchav
The Phnom Penh Crown Academy have just added another trophy to their cabinet by winning the Singapore Soccer Sixes Youth Tournament at the Padang in Singapore earlier today. The writing was on the wall as they went through yesterday's group stage, winning all five matches against foreign teams, not conceding a goal and scoring 19 of their own. And that's without a recognised striker in the eight-strong squad. Under the direction of coach Bouy Dary, the Academy have experienced this competition on two previous occasions, finishing 3rd and then 2nd last year. So they were determined to go one better this time around and that's exactly what they've achieved. In today's semi-final they saw off the Klung Toey team from Bangkok and then triumphed, 2-0 against another Thai team from Phuket, Youth Home, with the final goal scored by their rock-solid defender and captain, Seut Baraing. Very fitting. The matches were played at the Padang, the bowling-green surface of the Singapore Cricket Club, and the tournament is regarded as the most prestigious six-a-side competition in Asia. For the record, Suon Noeut and Kim Chhaya both topped the scorers chart with 7 goals each. Not bad for attacking full-backs.
Here are the results with scorers:
v Klung Toey (Thai) Won 2-0: Chhaya, Noeut
v Youth Home (Thai) Won 5-0: Chhaya 2, Noeut, Rozak, Piphop
v Bali Sports (Indo) Won 4-0: Noeut, Baraing, Chhaya, David
v Hevea MK (Indo) Won 2-0: Chhaya, Baraing
v Rumah Faith (Malay) Won 6-0: David, Chhaya, Rozak 2, Noeut, Piphop
v Klung Toey (Semi-final) Won 4-0: Noeut 2, Piphop, Chhaya
v Youth Home (Final) Won 2-0: Noeut, Baraing.

Great stuff from the Academy boys, nearly all of whom are just thirteen years old, and another piece of silverware for the trophy cabinet. PPCFC expect to announce more exciting news for the Academy in the coming days.

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