|PPCFC v Daniel FC, back row, LtoR: Morslim, Chanchav, V Samnang, Dara, Sakrovy, S Samnang. Front: Ponvuthy, Muslim, Nuron, T Chhaya, Phearath - click to enlarge|
Following on immediately after the TriAsia game on the RSN Stadium pitch on Sunday afternoon, the Academy were reinforced with a couple of first-team senior players. Their opponents, Daniel, are better known as the country's futsal champions. Theang Chhaya chipped in the first on four minutes after a neat one-two with Mat Nuron, though Daniel equalised just three minutes later. A glut of chances for Crown went begging. Nuron had a header saved, Ly Morslim's run was smothered by the keeper, Nuron saw another chance go wide and Chhaya's shot was deflected off target. On 38 minutes, Ly Morslim, drafted in from the senior team, broke from the half-way line and netted inside the near post. Four minutes later, an identical move saw him sprint clear and score at the second attempt. Moments later he missed the chance of a quick-fire hat-trick by firing a shot wide by inches. Daniel reduce the lead just before the break after a defensive lapse and there was still time for Pov Ponvuthy to smash his shot against the cross-bar.
The second half began in similar fashion as Crown dominated. Twice Morslim had efforts saved by the Daniel goalkeeper as did Nuron and Vat Samnang. With their first attack of the second period, Daniel scored through former Crown player Sen Sarak, 17 minutes after the break. Two more opportunities were wasted by Morslim, who found the Daniel stopper in fine form. With half an hour gone, Sraing Titchhy's run into the box was ended illegally and Morslim stepped up to collect his hat-trick from the penalty spot. Three minutes later Pov Ponvuthy scored the first of a five-minute hat-trick of identical goals. Racing clear from his own half on each occasion, he latched onto three passes from Sin Kakada and showed confidence and maturity to score each time, the second a delightful chip over the keeper's head. A hat-trick to remember. Five minutes from the final whistle, Morslim took a pass from Mao Piseth in his stride and finished the scoring with Crown's eighth.
PPCFC v Daniel: S Samnang (Rafa 67), Muslim (Chanmony 61), Phearath (Kakada 77), Chanchav, Dara (Sovannaroth 35 (Pisoth 79)), T Chhaya, V Samnang (S David 73), Sakrovy (N David 20 (Saphy 55)), Ponvuthy, Nuron (Piseth 58), Morslim. MOTM: Pov Ponvuthy - a 5-minute hat-trick to remember. Goals: Morslim 4 (38, 42, 77pen, 85), Ponvuthy 3 (78, 81, 82), T Chhaya (4).