|PPCFC v Mandalay, back row, LtoR: S Samnang, Baraing, Chanchav, Senteang, Titchhy, Chanpolin (capt). Front Row: Sodavid, Piphop, Ponvuthy, Noeut, Phearath - click to enlarge|
Taking their away victories in the Asia U-16 Champions Trophy to three, the Crown Academy produced another hard working away performance and will return home Sunday with another three points to their name after Chhuot Senteang's goal separated the two teams in Yangon. It was Senteang's 4th goal of the ACT campaign and will give the team a confidence boost with two more matches left to play. The Academy were without captain Ouk Sovann and Kim Chhaya, both ruled out with leg injuries earlier in the day and were looking to add to their victories on the road in China and Laos. They began brightly and went close with attempts from Chhuot Senteang and captain Orn Chanpolin. It was the same two players who split open the Mandalay defence on 37 minutes with Chanpolin's precise pass finding Senteang inside the box and he made sure with a great finish. After the break, the home side came into the game more, putting Crown under pressure but were restructed to ineffectual long range shooting that caused little worry for goalkeeper Svang Samnang. At the other end Senteang and substitute Ken Chansopheak had opportunities to extend the lead but couldn't make their efforts count. After their third win on their travels, coach Bouy Dary offered up praise for his team's hard work, team spirit and their adventurous style of football, particularly in the first-half. Senteang, Pov Ponvuthy, Sraing Titchhy and Chanpolin came in for particular praise from the coach. The Crown Academy will now finish with two matches against last year's champions and Group B leaders Chonburi from Thailand, both home and away.
PPCFC Academy line-up: S Samnang, Noeut, Phearath, Chanchav, Baraing, Chanpolin, Sodavid (Rozak 90), Piphop, Ponvuthy (Chansopheak 84), Titchhy, Senteang (Muslim 78). Subs not used: Chanvuthy, Sakrovy, V Samnang, T Chhaya. Bookings: None. MOTM: Chanpolin - played a captain's role. Goal: Senteang (37).