The latest round of the Phnom Penh Post Mini Soccer Championship played out on Tuesday night at Kidzcool Astroturf pitch, as the competition goes into hibernation over Christmas and the New Year, to reemerge on January 13. Spurred on by their playoff disappointment in the last campaign, JBCF have again showed their intent on success with a near perfect record of 13 wins from 14 matches, their only blemish coming against reigning champions Devenco.
JBCF have scored an astonishing 89 goals more than they have conceded, and are clear favourites to repeat their first place finish in the regular season from the previous edition. Devenco, PPPost and Smart currently occupy the remaining playoff spots, but others further down the field remain in the hunt as the league enters its home stretch.
Hosts Kidzcool are almost polar opposites of JBCF, with no points to their name and a goal difference of -89. They suffered a demoralising 16-4 loss to Cellcard on Tuesday before being simply outclassed by JBCF 20-5. However, their relentless enthusiasm and hysterical goal celebrations have made their games some of the most entertaining to watch and a constant reminder of the spirit of the tourney.
Other results from an excessively humid Tuesday night saw PPPost edge Cellcard 9-6, while PPPost and JBCF gained 5-0 walkovers against the truant ANZ Royal, who seem to be on permanent bank holiday.
Making the most of the vacancy in the schedule, JBCF and PPPost played each other in a rearranged fixture. Despite some admirable skill and hearty defending from the PPPost men, the well-organised and tactically supreme JBCF ran out deserved 10-4 winners.