New order was established at the end of the three-month long Futsal League season in Battambang on Saturday as first time entrants Flying Crown took the honours in the men’s section at the expense of fellow debutants Flying Horse. Crown finished 4-2 victors in a well fought final played on the SALT Academy pitch at Battambang airfield.
The final showdown between these two newly formed teams followed their semifinal victories over well known heavyweights Dana Shop and Baitong FC. In a keenly contested third place playoff, Dana Shop prevailed 2-1 over Baitong.
Jerusalem, meanwhile, topped the boys U16 event, beating Corner Crown 2-1 in the final with the third place going to Catholic, who beat Dana Shop 5-1.
It was a mixed bag for FEDA teams in the girls categories. While FEDA made it to the finals of both the U13 and U16 competitions, they managed to win one and lose the other in nail-biting penalty shootouts.
In the U13 final, Chrey and FEDA and were locked 1-1 at regulation time before the latter won the spotkicks 2-0. In the U16 final however, FEDA and KMR saw full time end at 3-3 before KMR clinched the title via a 3-2 win on penalties to pick up their second trophy of the season.
Favourites were to the fore in both the boys U11 and U13 finals. Homeland proved too good for Adnan, winning the U11 title fight 6-2, while SOS Children’s Home came back from a goal down to beat Blue Cat 4-1 in the final of the U13s.
As many as 101 teams from Battambang province and surrounding areas took part in the 5-a-side futsal leagues which was spread over nearly three months and featured six divisions for men, boys and girls. The games followed official FIFA sanctioned rules.
The ANZ SALT League, which is the main attraction in a hectic Battambang football calendar, is scheduled to start in the middle of November.