Sunday, March 30, 2014

Honours even

PPCFC Academy back row, LtoR: Sovann, Baraing, Titchhy, Sodavid, Senteang, Chanpolin. Front: Chanvuthy, Phearath, Nuron, Muslim, Piphop - click to enlarge
Result: Phnom Penh Crown Academy U-16s 4 Phnom Penh Crown XI 4 (Friendly).
Sunday morning's in-house practice match between the older Academy team and members of the first team who didn't play in Saturday's Metfone C-League match against TriAsia, produced a glut of goals and let's put it down as some wayward defending. The Academy have been in a rich vein of form in recent weeks, so it came as no surprise when they opened the scoring after ten minutes with Sraing Titchhy netting with ease after a defence-splitting pass from Orn Chanpolin. Chances came and went for both teams, goalkeeping saves and poor finishing for both too, until Chhom Pisa escaped his marker and finished to give the senior team their equaliser two minutes before the break. Eight minutes after the restart, Pov Ponvuthy scored with a delightful chip over Keo Soksela, from another Chanpolin pass. Then it was the senior team's turn to level the scores again just two minutes later when a weak kick from Svang Samnang fell at the feet of Ly Morslim and his aim was straight and true to make it 2-2. On 68 minutes the seniors grabbed the lead through Newton Katanha as Pisa raced clear and laid the ball into his feet for a tap-in. Three minutes later it was all square again as Seut Baraing's superb left-wing cross was finished off in poaching style by Chhuot Senteang. Seven minutes from time and another defensive howler allowed Chanpolin space to take the ball around Soksela and walk it in, only for Morslim to run through the middle to level at 4-4 with just four minutes to go. Lots of goals, but must do better for both teams defensively speaking.
PPCFC Academy: Chanvuthy (S Samnang 46), Muslim, Phearath (Ponvuthy 46), Baraing, Sovann, Chanpolin, Sodavid, Titchhy (Nuron 81), Nuron (Chanchav 46), Piphop, Senteang. Goals: Titchhy (10), Ponvuthy (53), Senteang (71), Chanpolin (83).
PPCFC XI: Soksela, Phearun, Dara, Da, Sokheng, T Chhaya, Morslim, V Samnang, Pisa, Katanha, Ary (Yaty). Goals: Pisa (43), Morslim 2 (55, 86), Katanha (68).
PPCFC senior XI, back row, LtoR: Ary, Phearun, Katanha, Soksela, Dara, Sokheng. Front: Da, T Chhaya, Morslim, V Samnang, Pisa - click to enlarge

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