Monday, November 7, 2016

Crown downed by NT

PPCFC line-up, back row, LtoR: Chanvuthy, Muslim, Chanchav, Chandara, Aymard, Pissa (capt). Front: Kakada, Baraing, Ponvuthy, Noeut, Rozak.
Match Report: Phnom Penh Crown 1 Cambodia National Team 3 (Friendly).
The first-half of this friendly game at RSN Stadium belonged to the NT in terms of possession and chances but it was a youthful Crown who held the goal advantage at the interval. Sin Kakada neatly sent in Sath Rozak on the right and his cool finish from a narrow angle in the 12th minute put the home side ahead. The NT kept Kung Chanvuthy busy in the Crown goal with a series of efforts, the best of the saves was a full-length dive to deny Tola's far post header. Meng and Somrach were wayward with their finishing until Crown went down to 10-men for a few minutes before the break as Anthony Aymard was red-carded for pulling back Sokpheng.
After the interval, it was pretty much one-way traffic as the NT turned on the pressure. Bin Thierry hit the foot of the post before he equalised from the penalty spot just after the hour. It was a fortunate decision for the visitors, as Suon Noeut put in a brave tackle on In Sodavid and then appeared to fall on the ball. Chea Chandara cleared a Sodavid shot from his goal-line but when he did the same after Khuon Laboravy headed on Sodavid's corner, the referee awarded a second goal to the NT on 74 minutes. Laboravy held his head in his hands after missing three chances he should have buried in the net before Hoy Phallin added a third, which the NT deserved, with a vicious drive from 22 yards that whistled past Svang Samnang in the Crown goal, with 7 minutes to go. There was still time for Laboravy to miss another guilt-edged chance as the NT coasted to a well-earned success.

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