Cambodian kids tasted success over the weekend, with an eight-strong squad of boys from the Phnom Penh Crown FC Academy returning home triumphant after winning 2013 Singapore Cricket Club International Soccer Sixes tournament for youth teams, according to a press release from the club.
Led by Academy head coach Bouy Dary, it was a case of third time lucky for the U14 side in what is regarded as the region’s premier six-a-side football competition.
With a steady progression that saw them finish third in their inaugural participation in 2011 and runners-up last year, the Crown boys were determined to go one better this time out.
And they did just that, showing no mercy to all-comers by blazing through the field with a perfect seven wins out of seven including scoring 25 goals without conceding a single one.
Despite having just a few hours sleep due to a delayed flight into the Lion City, the Cambodians wasted no time picking apart their opposition in the group stage on Saturday.
A 2-0 victory over Klung Toey of Bangkok was followed up by a 5-0 rout of Youth Home from Phuket.
Indonesian side Bali Sports were then on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat by Crown, who registered a 2-0 win over Hevea MK of Palembang.
A 6-0 dismissal of Rumah Faith from Selangor in Malaysia capped off an impressive group campaign for the Cambodians as they eased into Sunday’s playoffs featuring the top four teams.
Crown faced Klung Toey in the semifinals, running out 4-0 victors, before clinching the trophy with a 2-0 win over Youth Home.
The top scorers of the tournament, now in its fifth edition and held at The Padang ground, were Suon Noeut and Kim Chhaya who both starred for Crown and netted seven apiece.
The Crown side also included captain Seut Baraing, Choun Chanchav, Nop David, Men Piphop, Sath Rozak, and goalkeeper Svang Samnang.