Monday, February 2, 2015

Results and community involvement

PPCFC U-17s vs SVR, back row, LtoR: Chanpolin, Sakrovy, V Samnang, Chanchav, S Samnang, Rozak. Front: Noeut, Noron, Ponvuthy, Muslim, Baraing - click to enlarge
Saturday 31 January 2015: Result: PPCFC Academy U-17s 2 Svay Rieng U-19s 1 (Friendly).
Ouk Sovann produced another brilliant free-kick three minutes from the end of a match which the Crown Academy U-17s dominated but couldn’t find the killer touch until Sovann’s moment of top quality. His 20 yard dead-ball, awarded for a foul on In Sodavid, curled over the wall and into the top corner for yet another stunning goal from the defender, who was a half-time replacement. Orn Chanpolin was off target with the first goal attempt and then Yeu Muslim followed that with a rasping low drive that was pushed aside by the SVR keeper. Chanpolin's next attempt was held easily enough before Mat Sakrovy will kick himself for fluffing an easy chance, set up by Pov Ponvuthy. Vat Samnang sent a free-kick a few feet wide, before Crown opened the scoring with just two minutes of the first-half remaining. Sakrovy's 25-yard effort wasn't held by the keeper and Muslim was on hand to turn the ball into the unguarded net. With six changes to the Crown line-up at the break, they reestablished their grip on the game as Sodavid's fizzer was held at the second attempt and Muslim's close-range effort was blocked by the keeper's body from Sodavid's bye-line pull-back. Sodavid then had another edge of the box shot pushed aside by the busy man between the sticks. Against the run of play, Svay Rieng levelled on 59 minutes as Crown failed to clear the danger, though that merely sparked the home team in to renewed efforts to win the match. Muslim met Sodavid's bye-line cross perfectly but couldn't keep his header under the bar and Sakrovy fed Suon Noeut and he by-passed the last defender only to have his shot saved by the keeper.
With the clock ticking, up-stepped Sovann to strike his glorious winner, and there was still time for Noeut to get a touch to a Sakrovy cross at the far post, but it went wide of the target. Nevertheless, a well-deserved victory for the Crown Academy against their biggest foes. 
PPCFC U-17s: S Samnang, Noeut (Sodavid 46), Baraing (Chansopheak 46), V Samnang (Noeut 69), Chanchav (Sovann 46), Rozak (Piphop 46), Chanpolin, Sakrovy, Ponvuthy (Titchhy 46), Noron (Phearath 46), Muslim. MOTM: Muslim. Goals: Muslim (43), Sovann (88).

Sunday 1 February 2015: Result: PPCFC Academy U-15s 9 Chamkarmon 6 (Friendly).
Sunday’s practice game at RSN Stadium saw goals galore as the Academy U-15s took on the adult team from Chamkarmon. Sin Kakada netted a hat-trick and the other Crown scorers were Chriv Sokundavann 2, Svang Samnang 2 and 1 each for Nop David and Tong Chanmony. Next Saturday, the U-15s travel to Svay Rieng to play the Federation Academy.
The PPCFC U-14s get their 3rd place medals in Singapore

U-14s finish 3rd in Singapore Soccer Sixes
The PPCFC U-14 boys returned home from Singapore with their medals for finishing in 3rd place in the youth tournament of the Singapore Soccer Sixes. Whilst we didn’t recapture the trophy we have won for the two previous years, the boys put up a strong showing and did very well. Mit Samel top-scored with 8 goals. Here are their results:
vs Muhamadiyah Welfare (Singapore) – Won 5-0 (Samel 2, Makara 1, Pisoth 2)
vs Bali Sports Foundation – Won 6-1 (Makara 1, Samel 1, Darapich 1, Pisoth 2, Rina 1)
vs Youth Football Phuket (Thailand) – Lost 2-4 (Pisoth 1, Samel 1)
vs Muhamadiyah Welfare (Singapore) Semi-Final – Lost 3-6 (Samel 1, Pisoth 1, Rina 1).
vs Bali Sports Foundation Third Place play-off – Won 3-0 (Samel 3).

In Sodavid and his all-girl team at Andong

The Phnom Penh Crown Academy players and coaches spent a recent Saturday afternoon in the relocation village of Andong, about 20kms outside of Phnom Penh, putting on a mini-football festival with the Development for People of Cambodia organisation and their 220 children, who had a fabulous time. It was a fun afternoon for everyone, the appetite for exercise and football amongst the children, who ranged from 6-13, was clearly evident and we will be returning to Andong in the near future. 

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