|PPCFC Academy v PVF. Back Row LtoR: Titchhy, Senteang, Sovann, Baraing, Chanpolin, Samnang. Front Row: Nuron, Muslim, Chansopheak, Chhaya, Sodavid.|
Entering an Asean-wide youth competition is a massive step-up for the Phnom Penh Crown Academy youngsters and that's exactly how they found it in their opening match of the FAM-Frenz U-15 Asean Champions Trophy tonight in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam's PVF Academy, from Ho Chi Minh, are the 2012 Vietnamese champions at U-15 age level and they proved to be the tough opponents that coach Bouy Dary expected. With the match played under floodlights at the Thanh Long Sports Center, Dary began with his strongest line-up and on 17 minutes they looked to have earned a penalty when Yeu Muslim was brought down, only for the referee to acknowledge the linesman's flag and award offside instead. A minute before the half hour and PVF took the lead. Doan Trung faked his initial shot to thwart two defenders and then fired past Svang Samnang in the Crown goal from twenty yards out. On 37 minutes, Crown failed to clear a corner, PVF's first, and Doan Trung crashed in a shot to make it two goals up at half-time for the home team.
After the break, PVF extended their lead on the hour and it was Doan Trung who was on hand to net from close-range for his hat-trick. Crown coach Bouy Dary made changes to bring on fresh legs but it was PVF who scored again, twelve minutes from time, when Samnang fumbled a shot and Vu Tin was on hand to tap home the rebound. So a 4-0 defeat for the Crown Academy on their first outing in the new Asean Champions Trophy. They now have an understanding of just how hard it will be against teams like PVF, Chonburi and Frenz Malaysia. PVF were bigger in stature and strength, were aggressive from the opening minute and they clinically punished any mistakes. For Chonburi, they opened up their account tonight with an 8-0 home win over Timor Leste U-15s which included a hat-trick for Sittichok Paso.
The PPCFC Academy line-up: Samnang, Chansopheak, Baraing, Titchhy, Sovann (capt), Chhaya (Rozak 85), Sodavid, Chanpolin (Piphop 64), Nuron (Ponvuthy 88), Muslim (Phearath 81), Senteang (Noeut 58). Subs not used: Chanvuthy, Chanchav.
|The teams line-up for the national anthems|