Thursday, November 28, 2013

In total control

The Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-17s match with SSCA yesterday afternoon went to plan in the first half as Crown led 3-nil and were in total control. Just after Pov Ponvuthy had a goal ruled out for offside, In Sodavid popped up to get on the end of a Mat Nuron cross into the area after 14 minutes, to open the scoring, after the keeper blocked his first attempt. Sraing Titchhy was bizarrely booked for taking a free-kick too quickly and Orn Chanpolin volleyed wide before a minute before the half hour, Mat Sakrovy made it two, as he rounded off a surge into the box by Ponvuthy. The referee waved aside penalty appeals as Yeu Muslim and Titchhy went sprawling in the box, before the latter netted the third as he pushed up six minutes before the break, guiding a Sakrovy pass past the keeper. To avoid any possibility of another howler of a decision by the match official, Chhuot Senteang replaced Titchhy before half-time, his first action for 3 months and settled into a central defensive position. As for the 2nd half, it was mostly one-way traffic but Crown's final ball was missing and there was no more scoring. Vat Samnang and Chanpolin tested the keeper and Long Phearath weaved past three players and was tripped, but again the referee refused to award a spot-kick. Crown keeper Keo Soksela produced a lovely fingertip diving save to deny SSCA as they broke from Crown's stranglehold. A fully deserved victory though the winning margin should've been a lot greater.
PPCFC U-17s: Soksela, Chansopheak, Phearath, Sovann, Titchhy (Senteang 45), Chanpolin, Sodavid, Sakrovy (V Samnang 54), Nuron (T Chhaya 54), Ponvuthy, Muslim. Subs not used: Chanvuthy, Ronaldo. Booking: Titchhy. MOTM: Sodavid - cool under pressure.
PPCFC v SSCA. Back Row LtoR: Chanpolin, Sakrovy, Soksela, Titchhy, Sodavid, Sovann (capt). Front: Phearath, Muslim, Chansopheak, Nuron, Ponvuthy - click to enlarge

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