Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Its now Wednesday night and I'm sitting, and sleeping, in Changi Airport in Singapore, on my way home from East Timor. The Phnom Penh Crown Academy boys lost 4-1 yesterday but it was a great adventure for all concerned. Aside from a 30-minute spell, everything about the trip was perfect. In that 30 minutes we conceded 4 goals. Okay, so the Timor boys were bigger, stronger (and older) than us but we really turned on the style for large parts of the match. Our passing game was excellent and the goal we scored, to take the lead, was exceptional. We also missed a penalty to boot. Then some individual mistakes let us down and this is what this regional competition is bringing home to our boys - they may get away with these mistakes in domestic games, but in Asean matches you will be punished by the best U-15 teams in the region. Guaranteed. So a steep learning curve, especially when all your mistakes get punished. But a fabulous experience nonetheless. When else would you get the opportunity to play in East Timor. Now the youngsters are heading to Thailand and in particular, Chonburi, for their next match this coming Saturday. The adventures never end. For me, I'm off back to Phnom Penh and my day job, having had a thoroughly enjoyable time as team manager for the trip to Timor.