ASPECA’s Panida (left) scores her team’s third goal with a stinging volley against Rapha in their women’s final.
Jerusalem’s Den (left) signifies the beginning of the end for his side during their semifinal penalty shootout against Baitong FC on the street soccer court in Battambang Sunday.
Photos by: Sam Schweingruber
Captain Seyha’s rapid-fire double helped Classic FC prevail 2-1 over a battling Baitong FC in the rain-soaked final of the inaugural Men’s Street Soccer tournament in Battambang.
Spells of rain cut into the final day’s schedule and it poured heavily when the teams lined up for the final. Despite the adverse conditions, Classic took early control, scoring twice before defending their lead stoutly as Baitong FC pulled one back through nippy forward Thai.
Earlier in the semifinals, Classic shut out hot favourites Dana Shop 4-3 in a game of quickly changing patterns. In the other semifinal, Baitong FC scraped past Jerusalem via a penalty shootout after the sides finished regulation time level at 1-1.
In the third place playoff, Dana Shop got the better of Jerusalem 2-1.
Sunday also marked the end of the long Junior League season for both boys and girls in Battambang.
In the boys U16 final, Black Eagle edged out KRG FC 1-0. In a high scoring fixture, Catholics downed Jerusalem 8-6 to take third spot.
Catholics dominated the U13 final against ASPECA 4-1, with KLD beating Jerusalem for a third place finish by the same margin.
Speedy Phanida, who was the top scorer at the recent Women’s National Football Championship at Banteay Meanchey, found the target twice for ASPECA to steer her side to a 3-1 win over Rapha in the girls final. The most valuable player, Pheakdey, scored Rapha’s consolation goal. In the contest for the third, Tschrey were too good for Corner Crown in a runaway 8-1 victory.
The closing ceremony and the prize distribution was a total washout, and the trophies were handed out to the teams in the marquees under which they had taken shelter.