|PPCFC vs AEU, back row, LtoR; Obadin, Bisan, Thierry, Makara, Ary, Boris. Front Row: Koroma, Sokthorn, Boran, Sokpheng, Matnorotin - click to enlarge|
PPCFC ran out easy winners at RSN, despite being the away team at their own stadium! AEU held their nerve for the first-half and went close through Chan Hai and Sunday Ayodele before Crown put Kha Theara in the AEU goal, to the test through Long Boran and George Bisan twice, while Leng Makara miskicked in front of goal. AEU were reduced to 10-men on 25 minutes when Hou Sambo received a straight red card for a dangerous foot up on Bin Thierry. Goalless at the interval, that soon changed when within 51 seconds of the restart, Bin Thierry's pass sent Keo Sokpheng clear and he neatly rolled the ball inside the far post. Three minutes in and Sokpheng fed debutant Santi Koroma who burst between two defenders and lashed the ball into the top corner from an angle. Theara saved with his fingertips from Bisan but was helpless as a Sokpheng's corner wasn't cleared and Makara poked the ball past him from three yards out on 51 minutes.
Sokpheng had two more chances but failed to score before George Kelechi accepted a gift from the Crown defence to reduce the arrears on 54 minutes. Four minutes later, Sokpheng send Bisan clear and he opened his body up to send his angled drive inside the far post. Sary Matnorotin was out of luck with three good chances before Va Sokthorn sent a low drive inside the upright for number five on 77 minutes. Bisan headed wide from Matnorotin's cross but three minutes later the Nigerian hit-man had a simple tap-in after Matnorotin's sprint clear and low center. There was still time for Ngoy Srin to come on and fail to find the target with three opportunities as Crown coasted to a 6-1 victory though they will feel they should've done a lot better.
Head coach Sam Schweingruber's after-match views following PPCFC's 6-1 demolition of AEU. "Yes we won but I am quite disappointed. There was a lack of application, not enough intensity or movement, they were down to a red card early in the game and we still failed. We woke up at half-time and scored four goals in ten minutes or so - I don't know why we have good moments and good phases and then for too long are disappointing. It was not in the plan to be messing around at the back. They had a few chances so it was fair they scored, but we need to defend with more calm and class than we did. As for in front of goal, we were too selfish and that's not good enough."