Monday, August 24, 2015

Making new friends

The PPCFC starting XI vs Star Light FC in Battambang: back row, LtoR: Ary, S Pisa, Baek, Bisan, Obadin (capt). Front: Da, Sokheng, Makara, Booysen, Boran, Yaneat.
Phnom Penh Crown have just completed a very successful tour of the northwest provinces of Cambodia. Six days spent in Siem Reap, Poipet and Battambang, making many new friends, playing four friendly matches against local teams and hosting football training sessions with young children, went extremely well. The players and staff enjoyed the informal break from competitive football, after a hectic 14 league matches in 44 days. A big thank you to all the PPCFC fans, old and new, that came to watch our friendly matches and who took time out to meet the players before and after the games. The interaction between fans and players was an important part of building a relationship between supporters and the club and was a key feature of this tour. The players enjoyed the support they received at each location, and we would also like to thank the staff at the three hotels we stayed in, Dara Reang Sey Angkor Hotel (Siem Reap), Crown Casino Hotel (Poipet) and Vimean Sovannaphoum Hotel (Battambang), who looked after us so well.
22 August 2015: PPCFC 12 Star Light FC (Battambang) 1 (Friendly).
In their final match on their northwest tour, PPCFC received a wake-up call after just two minutes of their visit to Battambang to play Star Light at the airport. A quick break and a goal gave the large home support something to cheer but that was about it, as Crown controlled the ball for the rest of the match to run out very comfortable winners. Prom Yaneat and Leng Makara put PPCFC in front before a hat-trick including two headers for George Bisan, and another goal for Yaneat to post a 6-1 half-time lead. Just 17 seconds into the 2nd-half, Um Tola touched the ball home and the rout continued. A stunning 30-yard volley from Touch Sokheng was followed by a Santi Koroma penalty for handball. Yongsun Baek cushioned in a header, as did Koroma from a yard before Bisan wrapped it up with an individual goal for his 4th.

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