|PPCFC U-17s, back row, LtoR: Sodavid, Sakrovy, Chanpolin, Senteang, Titchhy, Chanvuthy. Front: Noron, Baraing, Sovann, Noeut, Rozak - click to enlarge|
Fresh from their draw with Army, the Crown Academy U-17s took on another C-League team, TriAsia at RSN Stadium this morning and another impressive performance this time brought them a victory. With Orn Chanpolin in dominant mood in the middle of the park, it was winger Mat Noron who put on a man-of-the-match showing as the Academy hogged possession and passed their way through a mediocre TriAsia line-up. Chanpolin and Chhuot Senteang will feel they should've done better early on with their chances before Noron showed exactly why he has the nickname of Messi. On 18 minutes he picked the ball up out wide, cut inside two defenders, momentarily lost control of the ball before regaining it, skirted past two more and let rip with a low drive inside the post, for a memorable individual goal. Crown made sure their dominance was on the pitch and on the scoreboard with a second goal within a minute. Suon Noeut's bye-line cross fell at the feet of In Sodavid and he picked his spot perfectly from just inside the box, sidefooting the ball past a hapless keeper. Senteang sent a left-footer whistling past the upright before TriAsia caused some concern with their first real attack, striking the cross-bar from outside the area. Senteang had two more guilt-edged chances before the break, Sath Rozak sending him clear for the best of them and his two quick-fire shots were stopped by the keeper and a defender on the line.
TriAsia sent out their best line-up after the break including national teamer Suong Virak who cashed in when the Crown defence went to sleep. Kung Chanvuthy saved Dani Kouch's free-kick and sensing the danger had passed, the defence allowed Virak too much room, and he crashed the ball into the net, 7 minutes after the restart. Chanvuthy made a strong one-handed stop ten minutes later as TriAsia posed some questions, but the Academy recovered and took back control of the ball with Mat Sakrovy's burst and low drive stopped by Hem Simay. Noron jinked his way into the box and went down under Chan Rithy's tackle but the ball squirmed out to Yeu Muslim and his shot was deflected inches wide. Seut Baraing sent a free-kick just off target and Ouk Sovann brought out another diving Simay save with his dead-ball strike, as Crown eased themselves to yet another notable victory.
PPCFC U-17s v TiAsia: Chanvuthy, Noeut, Baraing, Sovann, Titchhy (Chanchav 69), Chanpolin, Sodavid (Ponvuthy 46), Rozak (V Samnang 84), Sakrovy, Noron, Senteang (Muslim 71). Subs not used: Chansopheak. Booking: Titchhy. MOTM: Noron. Goals: Noron (18), Sodavid (19).