|PPCFC line-up (pictured above), back row, LtoR: Aymard, Pissa, Chanchav, Kakada, Chanvuthy, Boris. Front Row: Muslim, Baraing, Piseth, Noeut, Ponvuthy.|
Despite a hard-working performance from the Crown youngsters, it was the foreign influence that won the day for the visitors. Crown dominated possession in the opening half, and struck the post early on through Sin Kakada. Japanese striker Tomoki tapped-in the opening goal on 11 minutes after Gbenga avoided four challenges to set him up. The home team went close through Choun Chanchav, Yeu Muslim and Kok Boris but were a goal behind at the break.
Pov Ponvuthy went close twice in the early stages of the second-half including a bobbling effort that rebounded off the foot of the upright. A quick break gave Bata another tap-in goal from Tomoki's pass on 68 minutes for the visitors, and the same player netted a second within a minute. Sothearath's shot took a heavy deflection off Bata's outstretched foot and left keeper Svang Samnang scrambling across his goal in vain. Late on efforts from Ouk Sovann, Chanchav and Somkiat Kunmee were thwarted by Boeungket stopper Makara as the visitors saw out the game.
PPCFC select the following starting XI:
Chanvuthy, Noeut, Baraing, Boris, Aymard, Pissa, Chanchav, Muslim, Ponvuthy, Kakada, Piseth.
Substitutes: Samnang, Safy, Sovann, Pisa, Rozak, Piphop, Sakrovy, Somkiat, Booysen.
Injured: Chanpolin, Sokngon, Titchhy, Chhaya, Chandara, Chansopheak.
Unavailable: Soksela, Thierry, Sodavid, Sokpheng.