Monday, March 26, 2012

Academy success, again

As proud as punch at the final whistle, Sath Rozak and Ken Chansopheak
They did it again. Made me feel so proud of them. I'm talking about the Phnom Penh Crown Academy youngsters, who overcame their closest rivals, Preah Khan in the U-14 cup final on Sunday at the bumpy Army Stadium. Despite the surface, the Academy boys played their usual pass, pass, pass style and effectively passed PKR to death. Though they only scored twice in a 2-0 win is explained by the fact that PKR played out of their skin but still couldn't live with our boys. Their celebration at the end was deserved, especially as this final was a play-off final to decide the champions, after a league record by the Academy of played 10, won 10, scored 120 goals and conceded none. I personally detest play-offs to decide a league but it didn't matter to the Crown youngsters. Our mix of Academy boys and other youngsters attached to the club's U-14 group were successful in the other cup final too, winning 3-2, so making it a double-header for the Crown boys. It's great to see the excitement and pleasure on their faces at winning trophies, and repeating their success of last year. Long may it continue.

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