Sunday, July 14, 2013

Academy heads held high

PPCFC Academy v Singapore. Back row LtoR: Chanpolin, Senteang, Baraing, K Chhaya, S Samnang, Sovann (capt). Front Row: Ponvuthy, Nuron, Chansopheak, Piphop, Sodavid.
The Phnom Penh Crown Academy have a busy week, having just returned from a successful trip to Singapore, they play a domestic Cup Final on Wednesday morning before heading overseas again, this time to Malaysia, where they play again on Saturday 20 July. The Academy squad returned home today following their excellent 0-0 draw against NFA Singapore at the Yishun Stadium in Singapore on Saturday evening. According to coach Bouy Dary with a little more luck they could’ve returned with all three points from their FAM-Frenz U-15 Asean Champions Trophy encounter. They defended well with Svang Samnang in goal looking assured and if Chhuot Senteang had converted a one-on-one with the keeper the result might've been different. The result gave the PPCFC youngsters their second Group A point and will give them confidence ahead of their final away game in the competition, at the home of the joint organizers, Frenz Malaysia A, on Saturday (20 July). After that they have two home matches against Singapore (23 July) and Vietnam’s PVF (27 July) to complete their first season in this Asean-wide competition. The PPCFC Academy line-up v NFA Singapore: S Samnang, Chansopheak (Noeut), K Chhaya, Baraing, Sovann, Chanpolin (Rozak), Sodavid, Piphop (Sakrovy), Nuron, Ponvuthy (Muslim), Senteang. Subs not used: Mesa, T Chhaya, V Samnang, Dara.
On Wednesday 17 July, the PPCFC Academy 2 team will meet Svay Rieng in the Cambodia Football Development League U-16 Championship Final at RSN Stadium, with a 9am kick-off. The former Preah Khan Reach teams have already collected the U-12 and U-14 CFDL titles and the U-16s will be keen to make it a hat-trick. The PPCFC Academy 2 team, who put out their Academy 1 teammates in the semi-final, courtesy of a last-minute Chhuot Senteang goal, will be determined to stop them. It should be a cracking match with games against their rivals from Svay Rieng always providing good football and excitement.

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