Phnom Penh Crown coach Sum Vanna celebrated his June Manager of the Month award in style as he led his team to a 12-1 thrashing of Bati Academy U18s in Sunday evening’s late Metfone C-League action.
With new signing Dzarma Bata plundering 7 goals, and a goal each for Mustafa Zazai, Yeu Muslim, Mao Piseth, Lim Pisoth, and Paulo Victor, six-time champions Crown were rarely troubled as they walked away with a commanding victory and all three points at the Smart RSN Stadium.
“We are trying to use different players for different games as we also take part in the Hun Sen Cup at the same time, Vanna told PPCFC.com, so we used many local players against Bati Academy U18.
“We targeted three points and I expected only two or three goals. In reality, we didn’t perform as expected in the first half, so we made some changes in the second half. We switched our formation to 3-4-3 and tried to play short balls to create more chances, he added.
The victory leaves Crown comfortably mid-table in the league standings on 25 points – just two behind arch rivals Boeung Ket on fifth and 2 ahead of Miistry of National Defense on seventh.
Also on Sunday, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng continued their win streak registering a 6-1 victory over visiting Soltilo Angkor.
“I was delighted with how we played because of the strength of Soltilo, a team who has been many teams in the league already, said coach Conor Nestor in his post-match comments.
“They came with a very good game plan and they had a few good ideas on how to attack us and it was moments in the game where that was working for them, but I think it’s better to be a lucky coach than a good coach. And I’m a lucky coach because my players found a solution.”
The Irishman said that while he was happy with the result he accepted blame for Soltilo’s goal.
“It was all little bit [due] to my error because I shouted some instruction onto the field for Charlie [Machell] to turn. And he turned into the pressure so sometimes it’s better if the coach says nothing. I think I’m disappointed with the goal but not too disappointed with the result.”
The win allowed PKR to maintain their five-point lead over defending champions and second-placed NagaWorld FC.
“Thank you [to the fans], said coach Nestor. “They’re just like our players. They’re behind us from the first whistle to the last whistle and hopefully at the end of the season we’ll give them what they deserve.”