Cambodia’s U16s began their AFF U16 Youth Football Championship campaign with a well-rounded 3-1 win over Laos in a Group B contest at the Olympic Stadium on Monday night. In another fixture from the same group, Timor Leste eased past Brunei 3-0.
A late afternoon downpour had rendered pitch conditions tricky but the home side provided plenty of cheer for the modest turnout of fans.
Sieng Chanthea and Sin Kakada were on target for Cambodia during a dominant first half. In the second session, Chanthea was back in the 71st minute to complete his well-deserved brace as Cambodia stretched their lead to a commanding 3-0.
Laos, who struggled to conjure meaningful counterattacks, finally got a breakthrough nine minutes before the end through Bounphachan Bounkong to reduce the margin.
Cambodia will meet Brunei in a late evening clash today at the Olympic Stadium, with Timor Leste crossing paths with reigning champs Thailand.
Meanwhile in Group A matches on Sunday, Vietnam and Singapore recorded impressive victories, while Myanmar held Australia to a 1-1 draw.
Singapore defeated Philippines 3-1, while Vietnam beat Malaysia 3-0.