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Phnom Penh Crown (in red) and Svay Rieng players vie during their U17 Youth League match at the National Football Centre
Phnom Penh Crown (in red) and Svay Rieng players vie during their U17 Youth League match at the National Football Centre. PHOTO SUPPLED

Crown double up on youth leagues titles

The Football Federation of Cambodia’s U15 and U17 Youth Leagues concluded on Sunday at the National Football Centre in Tonle Bati district of Takeo province, with Phnom Penh Crown Academy replicating the success of their Metfone C-League winning senior squad with triumphs in both divisions.

The U15 competition began on September 7 and featured nine teams playing each other once, while the U17 league kicked off on October 5 and had the four teams facing each other twice.

Crown’s boys teams both blazed through with 100 per cent win records. Their U15 side scored 59 times from their eight games, whilst conceding just once.

Civil Aviation were U15s runners up, having lost only to Crown, with FFC Academy coming in third.

In the U17 league, Crown were even more prolific up front, bagging 74 goals from six games while being breached at the back twice.

Boeung Ket came second and Civil Aviation ended third.

Crown doubled up on the 5 million riel (US$1,233) cash prize for first place in each competition, while runners up collected 3 million riel and third place 2 million riel.

A 500,000 riel bonus for Fair Play went to Svay Rieng for the U15s and Crown for the U17s.

U15s top scorer Seang Chanthea of FFC Academy banked 100,000 riel for his exploits, while Suon Noeut of Crown added to his golden boot honours in the U15s last year to claim the U17 award.

Crown stoppers Kung Rafat and Kung Chanvuthy captured the Best Goalkeeper accolades in the U15 and U17 sections respectively to take home 100,000 riel a piece.

Sean Borath, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, handed out trophies, medals and prizes to the winners during a ceremony on Sunday afternoon that was also attended by FFC President Sao Sokha.

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