Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
|PPCFC U-15s Line-up, back row LtoR: Chhaya, Baraing, Sovannaroth, Chanchav, Samnang. Front Row: Piphop, Piseth, Noeut, Rafat, David, Ronaldo - click to enlarge|
Chhaya missed two easy chances before Noeut took advantage of a poor goal-kick to net a tenth goal and the first of eight second-half goals for the captain. Noeut and Seut Baraing struck the woodwork before a Chhaya chip set up Noeut for another. On 64 minutes, Lim Pisoth's pass gave Chhaya his fourth and a minute later, Piseth unlocked the defence again for Noeut to score. With Chhaya's last touch before he was rested, he slotted in Noeut and two minutes later, Noeut was on hand to fire home David's byeline pull back. Piphop grabbed his fourth with a weaving run past three defenders on 72 minutes and Noeut's seventh came as Pisoth's pass saw him skate around the keeper to score. Piphop's unselfish pass gave Noeut an easy finish before Baraing's precise curling free-kick registered on 82 minutes from the edge of the box. Noeut won a tackle and rolled into the corner of the net for Crown's 20th and David claimed the final strike with three minutes to go, after a poke forward by Piphop. There was still time for Phlong Sokraksa to chip onto the cross-bar. An emphatic win for Crown's U-015s, who didn't let up despite the ease with which they penetrated their opponents defensive line. Noeut's 9 goal haul takes his tally to 24 in just three games, though MOTM goes to Kim Chhaya with 4 goals and 5 assists in his 68 minutes on the pitch.
U-15s v Navy; Rafat, Ronaldo (Chanmony 64), Sovannaroth, Samnang, Baraing, Chanchav (Pisoth 55), Piphop, N David, Piseth (Kakada 86), Chhaya (Sokraksa 68), Noeut. Subs not used: Saphy. MOTM: Chhaya - a glut of goals and assists. Goals: Noeut 9 (35, 51, 61, 65, 67, 69, 74, 76, 85), Chhaya 4 (5, 33, 42, 64), Piphop 4 (27, 30, 40, 72), Piseth (43), Baraing (83), N David (87), Own Goal (7).
|Kim Chhaya scores the opening goal with a curling free-kick|
|MOTM Kim Chhaya (13) pulls the ball back from the byeline|
|Goalkeeper Kong Rafat and skipper Suon Noeut (2) before the kick-off|
|Two of the goalscorers, Mao Piseth (41) and Nop David (34)|
Friday, October 25, 2013
|PPCFC v Army. Back Row LtoR: Boris, King, Obadin, Hutchinson, Pheng, Sokumpheak. Front Row: Borey, Makara, Ary, Sosela, Da - click to enlarge|
Crown made four changes at the break including new signing Long Boran and Cameroon-born striker Arsene Ndougou, who arrived for a trial the day before from Thailand. Sosela sent a fizzing drive on target which was pushed aside by the Army keeper, but chances were few at both ends. Another substitute, Marcelo Turdera conjured his way into the box but was denied by a last-gasp tackle before he could get his shot away. Thirty minutes in and Ndougou chased and crossed but Turdera's ground shot was snapped up by the keeper. The last action was a free-kick by the Army's Pov Phearith that fizzed just wide. It was a second-half, played in scorching sunshine, that was pretty nondescript.
PPCFC v Army: Ary (Soksela 46), Da (Sarak 79), Pheng, Boris (Srin 72), Obadin, Hutchinson (Sokheng 46), Sokumpheak (Sothy 79), Borey (Turdera 60), Makara (Boran 46), Sosela (Tola 67), King (Ndougou 46). Subs: All used. Bookings: None. MOTM: Obadin - dominant at all times. Goal: Makara (35).
|New arrival Arsene Ndougou played the 2nd half on his first appearance on trial - click to enlarge|
|New signing Um Tola - click to enlarge|
Um Tola, who recently turned 24, is a hard-working speedy striker who was born in Banang village in Sdao commune in Battambang, played for the Samdech Ov High School and his provincial team as a youngster. He also played for the Crossroads club, the SALT organization, Western University for three years and recently a brief spell with the Thaneakea Srov team. He played for Western University in the C-League during 2012. Tola expressed his pleasure at joining Crown; "This is all new to me, such a professional club with high standards. I want to train so much with such a good foreign coach like Sam and especially as the team has so many national team players, who will help me improve. I will train hard to help the club win competitions. That is my goal." His fellow Battambang native, Long Boran, also celebrated his birthday recently. He's now 22 years old and previously played for Western University for two years, including their season in the Metfone C-League, alongside Tola. Born in Tuol Ta Ek in Battambang, he played for Samdech Ov High School and his provincial team, as well as the SALT Organisation before moving to live in Phnom Penh in 2011. "I am happy and excited about coming to PPCFC, as I never expected I could play for such a big club as this. Now I am here I want to be a success. I would love to help the team win competitions at home and abroad," said Crown's latest arrival.
|Another new face is Long Boran - click to enlarge|
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
|PPCFC U-15s line-up, back row LtoR: Chhaya, Sovannaroth, Noeut, Chanchav, Samnang, Baraing. Front Row: Rozak, Saphy, Piseth, Piphop, Kakada|
PPCFC U-15s v Boeung Ket: Samnang, K Chhaya, Sovannaroth (Ronaldo 51), Baraing, Saphy, Chanchav (Pisoth 73), Rozak (N David 42), Piphop, Piseth (S David 64), Kakada (Chanmony 83), Noeut. Subs not used: Rafat, Sokraksa. Goals: Noeut 5 (1, 10, 17, 29, 53), Rozak (35), K Chhaya (56), Chanmony (89).
PPCFC U-17s v Western: Soksela, Chansopheak, Phearath, Sovann, Baraing (Titchhy 45), Chanpolin, Sodavid (Rozak 83), Sakrovy (T Chhaya 75), Ponvuthy (Noeut 74), Nuron, Muslim (Piphop 75). Subs: Chanvuthy, Chanchav. Goals: Sodavid (21, 38, 45), Nuron (46, 92), Chanpolin (18), Muslim (36), Sakrovy (51).
|PPCFC U-17s line-up, Back Row LtoR: Sodavid, Sakrovy, Soksela, Baraing, Chanpolin, Sovann. Front Row: Muslim, Chansopheak, Nuron, Phearath, Ponvuthy - click to enlarge|
Saturday, October 19, 2013
|The Cambodia U-23s receiving pre-match instructions|
The 25-man U-23 squad currently squirreled away is:
Phnom Penh Crown: Sou Yaty, Sos Suhana, Bin Thierry.
National Police: Say Piseth, Srey Oudom.
Army: Sou Yaty, Chhin Chhoeun, Phoung Soksana, Khek Khemarin, Ke Vannak, Ung Dara.
Svay Rieng: Aim Sovannarath, Sar Sophea, Prak Mony Udom, Tum Saray, Nen Sothearoth.
Boeung Ket: Chan Vathanaka, Keo Sokngon, Sok Pheng, Touch Pancharong, Khiev Vibol, Chhun Sothearath, Sok Sovan, Ros Samoeun.
Naga: Samrith Seiha, Sok Rithy.
Friday, October 18, 2013
|PPCFC v BBU. Back Row LtoR: Pisa, Keo, Turdera, Hutchinson, Boris, Phearun. Front Row: Sarak, Makara, Soksela, Sokheng, Tola - click to enlarge|
A minute after the restart Makara broke clear and his cross was just inches away from connecting to Touch Sokheng's head. Turdera's free-kick was rolled into the path of Bun Keo but his drive cleared the cross-bar by a foot. BBU's Putsethy headed into Soksela's hands when it seemed easier to score and Sokheng aimed a fierce drive over the bar from outside the box. With Oum Tola miskicking in front of goal at one end of the pitch, BBU broke quickly on the counter-attack and Pich Sina had the simple task of poking the ball in from close range for the only goal of the game on 65 minutes. A flurry of substitutions by Crown failed to have the desire effect though Khim Borey broke clear only to be denied by Proshim's quick dash from his goal-line. That was the last of the goal-mouth activity and Crown went down to their first pre-season defeat. Three Academy youngsters saw action as substitutes with Orn Chanpolin, Sraing Titchhy and Seut Baraing getting valuable match-time and coping well in senior company.
PPCFC v BBU: Soksela (Ary 77), Sarak (Dara 72), Keo (Titchhy 62), Boris (Pheng 77), Hutchinson (Chanpolin 45), Sokheng (Morslim 68), Pisa (Srin 32 (Baraing 77)), Phearun (Sothy 26 (Obadin 77)), Makara (Sosela 77), Tola (Sokumpheak 77), Turdera (Borey 77). Subs not used: Da. Booking: None. MOTM: Boris - looked assured and many interceptions.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
|PPCFC Line-up, back row LtoR: Pheng, Keo, Borey, Obadin, Turdera, Boris. Front Row: Sothy, Sosela, Ary, Da, Sokumpheak - click to enlarge|
Though both teams made no changes at the interval, the second half saw numerous comings and goings which interrupted the flow of the game. Fifteen minutes after the break a raking long ball from Obadin landed on Leng Makara's head but he could only direct his header into the arms of Yaty. With George Bisan, Boeung Ket's top scorer last term, on the pitch for Crown, his glancing header from Makara's corner, was the closest anyone came in the opening half-hour. A miss-kick by Ngoy Srin gave Ung Dara a sight of goal but Ary was equal to his drive. The same player also sent a header across the face of goal as the U-23s enjoyed a spell in control. As the match entered its final ten minutes, Bisan went on a powerful run past three defenders and his lay-off to Makara saw the young striker's powerful drive tipped over the bar by a stretching Yaty. With five minutes to go, Chan Vathanaka took a tumble in the box as he was challenged by San Sarak and the young defender received a yellow card for his troubles. Vathanaka made no mistake from the penalty spot. Despite the set-back, Crown went up the other end and with two minutes remaining, a Chhom Pisa corner was headed into the box by Obadin and Bisan, with his back to goal, looped the ball over his head and into the corner of Yaty's net for the match-winner. There was still time for Vathanaka to break clear but his finish was high and wide.
Crown coach Sam Schweingruber commented after his team's second successive victory over the U-23 national team; "We are clearly preparing for the season ahead and not these individual games, when you look at our fitness and our speed. For example we had two hard sessions yesterday so people were tired this morning. But its good to see someone like Boris looking so comfortable after his return from France. I also liked Tola's speed and energy. A few other players did well whilst some others disappointed me. So we still have much work to do. For tomorrow's match against BBU we'll rotate players to make sure everyone gets 90 minutes under their belt." Crown meet BBU at the Army Stadium tomorrow at 2pm.
PPCFC v U-23s: Ary, Da (Sarak 72), Keo (Srin 34), Boris (Makara 58), Obadin, Sothy (Sokheng 64), Sokumpheak (Pisa 80), Pheng, Sosela (Bisan 64), Marcelo (Tola 58), Borey (Titchhy 80). Subs not used: Soksela, Morslim, Phearun. Booked: Sarak. MOTM: Obadin - commanding in defence and two assists in attack. Goals: Borey (10), Bisan (88).
|U-23s Line-up. Back Row LtoR: PM Udom, Pheng, THIERRY, YATY, Rithy, Samoeun. Front Row: Sovan, Chhoeun, Soksana, SUHANA, Khemarin|
Sunday, October 13, 2013
|PPCFC U-17s. Back Row LtoR: Sovann, Titchhy, Sodavid, Soksela, Sakrovy, Chanpolin (capt). Front Row: Ponvuthy, Nuron, Muslim, Chansopheak, Phearath - click to enlarge|
SSCA did better at the beginning of the second-half to restrict Crown but Ponvuthy should've done better when sent clear by Muslim, only to steer his shot wide of the target. With half an hour of the second half gone, Crown extended their lead as Suon Noeut used his pace to race into the box and Nuron poked in the loose ball as the goalkeeper failed to cut out the cross. Soon after Noeut blasted over when scoring seemed an easier option. With nine minutes to go, skipper Chanpolin was upended in the penalty box and Sraing Titchhy guided the spot-kick into the corner of the net for his team's fifth. Crown's superior fitness was another factor in their dominance but they were left speechless by the referee's last minute decision to dismiss substitute Vat Samnang. An innocuous challenge in midfield by Samnang and an opponent left them both on the floor but the referee deemed Samnang had done something seriously wrong in his opinion and was shown a straight red card. No-one could quite believe their eyes as the youngster left the field. It was a shockingly inept decision by a match official who had been fifteen minutes late in starting the game, for reasons known only to him. A sour note in an otherwise good display by Crown's U-17s. Their next game is next Sunday against Western University at RSN Stadium.
PPCFC U-17s: Soksela, Chansopheak, Phearath (K Chhaya 65), Sovann, Titchhy, Chanpolin, Sodavid, Sakrovy (Piphop 65), Ponvuthy (Noeut 74), Nuron (V Samnang 84), Muslim (Rozak 86). Subs not used: Chanvuthy, Baraing, Chanchav. Bookings: Phearath, V Samnang (red card). MOTM: Chanpolin. Goals: Ponvuthy (27), Sakrovy (33), Muslim (35), Nuron (76), Titchhy pen (81).
|Captain Orn Chanpolin (8) leads out the PPCFC U-17s at Olympic Stadium - click to enlarge|
Saturday, October 12, 2013
The play-offs to decide the two places in next season's Metfone C-League kicked-off on Saturday afternoon at Olympic Stadium. The league's bottom two clubs from last term, AEU and Senate will play a round-robin competition against the two teams who progressed through the Division1A tournament. TriAsia and Takeo (aka Angkor United). The match-up between AEU and Senate opened the series of games and as expected AEU were a bit too strong for Senate, winning 2-0. Senate even had their keeper dismissed for a lunging tackle fifteen minutes into the 2nd half so the defeat came as no surprise. In the second game, the favourites TriAsia meade heavy weather of it against Angkor United despite an early lead through Sok Chanraksmey, their recent arrival from Svay Rieng. A disallowed goal for Angkor was tough on the team with Kingsley Njoku and In Vichheka in their ranks. Then an unexplained incident blighted Angkor's chances in the match when one of their players limped off and they played with ten men for nearly twenty minutes. There was no obvious reason for it. In that time TriAsia scored a second goal just before the break. The 2nd half began with Angkor still down to ten men, before La Sokri (73) was allowed on, only to be removed again by the match officials, with the suggestion being the number on his jersey wasn't clear. What was clear is that the actions of the officials took its toll on Angkor and as he reappeared, TriAsia netted a third and the game was all over. Angkor effectively rolled over and allowed TriAsia to total seven goals without reply. Chanraksmey netted a hat-trick including a well-executed bicycle kick. The coffee-shop backed club included former PPCFC players Vi Lika and Kouch Dani, two recent Japanese arrivals and Friday Nwakuna. The play-offs continue on Monday and Wednesday of next week.
|PPCFC. Back Row LtoR: Hutchinson, King, Srin, Turdera, Pheng, Obadin. Front Row: Da, Sosela, Ary, Sokumpheak, Borey - click to enlarge|
Cambodia coach Lee Tae-Hoon changed his whole line-up for the second-half while his opposite number kept faith with his team for another fifteen minutes after the restart. Nine minutes in and Prak Mony Udom hit a thunderbolt from 25-yards that crashed against the cross-bar and was cleared as it bounced down. Moments later, Kyle King jigged his way into the six-yard box past two defenders only for the U-23 keeper, Aim Sovannarath to get a hand to palm the ball for a corner. Crown looked the more composed of the two teams and made four changes on the hour mark. Three minutes later and Leng Makara set up Turdera, whose low shot was pushed aside by Sovannarath, only for David Talevski to retrieve it and plonk it onto Turdera's head and into the net. However, his celebration was cut short as the linesman had decided the ball had gone out of play, despite there being no line markings for him to judge correctly. Chhin Chhoeun tried to chip Ary but the keeper was alert and from a corner, Pagenburg headed over at the far post, while Sok Pheng blasted wide on the run. Makara's pace on the right was causing problems and his cut back was missed by Jeremy Molina but Talevski followed up to send his right-footed shot inches wide of the mark. Odion Obadin was a tower of strength in defence and got in a great block to deny Pagenburg as the game entered its last few minutes. With four minutes to go, Bun Keo fed Borey and his delightful left-foot cross to the far post was finished off by Makara at close range, to earn Crown their deserved victory. In time added on, Chhoeun went down in the box under a Keo challenge, only for the referee to brandish a yellow card for simulation. The match ended and the U-23s unbeaten record came to an end. In truth, their performance didn't warrant any other result. A lot of work ahead for the U-23s to challenge at the SEA Games, while Schweingruber will look to step up his team's pre-season conditioning over the coming weeks ahead.
PPCFC: Ary, Da (Sarak), Pheng (Keo), Srin (Sokheng (Sothy)), Obadin, Hutchinson (Boris), Sokumpheak, Sosela (Makara (Pisa)), Borey (Talevski), Turdera (Molina), King (Borey). Subs not used: Soksela, Tola, Morslim, Phearun, Dara. Booked: Makara. MOTM: Borey - two sublime touches, two goals. Goals: Borey (44), Makara (86).
|Cam U23s. Back Row LtoR: Yaty, Pagenburg, Thierry, Sovan, Soksana, Piseth. Front Row: Pancharong, Suhana, Sothearath, Saray, Samoeun - click to enlarge|
|PPCFC's 3 U23 players, LtoR: Thierry, Yaty, Suhana - click to enlarge|
Thursday, October 10, 2013
|Chhunly Pagenburg in his FSV Frankfurt colours|
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
|PPCFC 1st half. Back Row LtoR: Obadin, King, Sokheng, Ary, Hutchinson, Da. Front Row: Srin, Sosela, Sokumpheak, Borey, Pheng - click to enlarge|
Early on a corner fell to Touch Sokheng and his shot was deflected for another corner, while a Khim Borey drive was held by the AEU keeper. On the thirty minute mark, Kouch Sokumpheak fed Neou Sosela and his neat back-heel saw Thourng Da rampaging down the right flank to the byeline, with Sokumpheak on hand to steer home his inch-perfect cross. 1-nil to Crown. As Schweingruber made two changes, AEU broke down the left flank and Yok Ary's finger-tip touch to the cross was powered in by a diving AEU head to level the scores just two minutes later. A minute later and Ary flew across his goal to touch a shot wide, while Talevski's long-range effort was easily held by the AEU stopper. All change at half-time perked up Crown and within four minutes Leng Makara got to a Turdera chip only to steer the ball wide of the target. Ouk Sothy's low drive was easily held before Talevski was denied a goal with a keeper's block after Turdera's intelligent through ball on the hour. A few minutes later and Turdera sent his header the wrong side of the upright from Keo's center. With Crown in control, Turdera's first-time chip from all of thirty yards sailed agonizingly wide of the post, after Kok Boris had spotted the striker in space. Turdera was determined to get on the scoresheet but another hopeful chip from 35 yards out cleared the cross-bar by a foot. With changes galore, the rhythm faltered and apart from a wayward drive by Mak Phearun and a grass-cutting shot from Obi, neither side seriously threatened the scoreboard.
PPCFC 1st half: Ary, Da, Pheng, Srin, Obadin, Hutchinson (Molina 22), Sokheng (Sothy 39), Sosela (Talevski 31), Sokumpheak, Borey, King (Turdera 31).
2nd half: Chamroeun (Soksela 67), Sarak (Lika 81), Keo (Panha 85), Boris (Seyha 75), Vichheka, Sothy (Obi 69), Pisa (Dara 85), Molina (King 60 (Tola 81 (Ratana 88))), Makara (Phearun 81), Talevski (Boran 75), Turdera (Morslim 81).
Booking: Pheng. MOTM: Vichheka - assured defensive performance. Goals: Sokumpheak (30).
|PPCFC 2nd half. Back Row LtoR: Boris, Chamrouen, Molina, Talevski, Keo, Turdera. Front Row: Sarak, Sothy, Makara, Pisa, Vichheka - click to enlarge|
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
- A Cambodian U-12 football squad under PPCFC's Academy head coach Bouy Dary is heading for South Korea tomorrow for a youth festival. 18 players from PPCFC, Svay Rieng, Prek Kdam and Battambang. Matches will be thirty minutes and 9-a-side. Its taking place in Incheon, Korea's third largest city. Great experience for the youngsters especially as they are camping in tents with over 1,000 other boys.
- Word on the grapevine is that Phnom Penh Crown have been invited to a pre-season tournament in an Asian country that the club have never visited before. More when the tournament is confirmed.
- The Cambodia U-23s continue their build-up to the BIDC Cup in November and the SEA Games in December by playing friendlies against local opposition. And I mean very local. They beat Kirivong 5-0 last week and then drew 2-2 with their U-19 national team counterparts. They will continue on the same theme when they meet National Police tomorrow at 7.30am at the Olympic Stadium. Three PPCFC players are in the U-23 training squad: new signing Sou Yaty, Bin Thierry and Sos Suhana. Postscript: The U-23s won 4-1 against National Police. Goals by Sokngon, Chhoeun, Vathanaka, Udom.
- Balkan FC from Turkmenistan, who beat Boeung Ket 2-0 in Phnom Penh back in May during the qualifiers, have been crowned this year's AFC President's Cup champions with a 1-0 win in the final over KRL from Pakistan. The final stages were held in neutral Malaysia. Balkan topped their group in the final stage with wins over Three Star (Nepal) 6-0 and Erchim (Mongolia) 4-0 but needed a winning goal three minutes from time to beat the Pakistan champions.