Indodrill were fracking merciless in their 4-0 defeat of fellow finalists Dan Meats in the 2014 CBC Charity Cup at Beeline Arena yesterday to lift the coveted crown in the day-long tournament, which raised money to help send a Cambodian team to this year’s Homeless World Cup in Chile.
A fiercely competitive group stage played in the morning saw teams battle through futsal matches that were so evenly matched that only one out of 12 was won by more than the odd goal.
Such was the similarity in standard across the board that results could have easily gone either way for sides in qualifying for the upper or lower tiers of the play-offs phase.
Latin Quarter were just a goal away from making the top bracket of semi-finals, but were thwarted on numerous occasions by Indodrill late on in their last group game to fall just short.
Latin Quarter then succumbed to reigning champions Mad Monkey and HFCA, the side bound for Santiago next month, to end up with the wooden spoon. It was HFCA’s only victory in the competition, but the young legs showed able minds in their play that should put them in good stead for the global event on October 19-26.
Meanwhile, the Community Trophy was claimed by Metro RAHU, who enjoyed deafening support from their fans in the stands throughout the day, with a 3-1 victory over Mad Monkey.
Paddy Rice provided some memorable moments of skill and teamwork in their games, and were deserved third-place finishers following their penalty shootout defeat by Indodrill in the semi-finals by then thumping KPMG 4-0.
Dan Meats, who were comprised of Cambodian members of previous Homeless World Cup teams from past years, couldn’t contain Indodrill in the final but can take heart in the runners-up spot after an impressive and hard-fought campaign.
HFCA head coach and event organiser Jimmy Campbell told the Post it was “a very competitive tournament played in good spirit.
“Lots of goals and lots of action made for a fun day for players and supporters. A big thanks to all who volunteered and participated,” he added.
Beeline Arena had been made available for the event free of charge, with local butchers Dan Meats supplying a lunchtime barbecue and Angkor Beer and Angkor Puro donating beer and water respectively.
Financial reporting service Credit Bureau Cambodia were title sponsors for the second year running.