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Crown blaze a trail through provinces

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Crown’s Nelson Oladiji scored in all four of their provincial friendly fixtures. Photograph: Sreng Meng Srun/Phnom Penh Post

With the Metfone C-League suspended due to national team duties in the Philippines, Phnom Penh Crown FC conducted a three-day tour of the Northwest provinces over the weekend as part of their Community and Fan Engagement Program.

The senior and junior Academy teams visited four provinces in total, dealing out a string of defeats to the best sides the region has to offer.

On Friday morning, the seniors beat Ponley Town FC of Kampong Chhnang 3-1 with goals from Hong Pheng, Bin Thierry and Nelson Oladiji.

In the afternoon, they shifted to Pursat to hammer Ratanakea FC 3-0 thanks to a brace from Oladiji and another goal by Bin Thierry.

The Academy team also won 3-0 against Pursat Youth Team.

Saturday saw the seniors dispatch local champions Black Eagle FC of Poipet 3-1 on the tiny Don Bosco pitch.

Oladiji was yet again on the scoresheet, as were team-mates Men Seyha and Pheak Rady. Meanwhile, the Academy boys downed Blooming FC 4-1.

Sunday’s matches were by far the most one-sided, with the first team crushing Thaneakea Srov FC, who will compete in the Division A1 playoffs this season, 8-0 through strikes from Nelson Oladiji, Chhom Pisa and Hong Pheng, as well as a hat-trick by Leng Makara and a double by Ly Morslim.

Cambodia’s best ladies team, the Mighty Girls, were shown no mercy by the Academy boys in a 14-0 rout.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Riley at dan.riley@phnompenhpost.com

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