Cam­bo­dia Ea­gles take In­dochina Cup in Yan­gon

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - – Staff

IT was a beau­ti­ful day for footy, and a ter­ri­ble day for Myan­mar’s footy club.

The Fight­ing Cocks floun­dered out of the gate in Novem­ber 12’s In­dochina Cup, hosted in Yan­gon for the first time in the club’s four-year his­tory. Three straight losses in the qual­i­fy­ing stages rel­e­gated the Tai Kyet to the side­lines, where they watched the Cam­bo­dia Ea­gles win a hard-fought cham­pi­onship match against the Thai Tigers, 4.3.27 to 3.2.20.

While the Ea­gles cel­e­brated their first In­dochina Cup ti­tle vic­tory with their club song, the Fight­ing Cocks were left to con­tem­plate a sea­son that fea­tured many ups and downs. Af­ter reach­ing the Asia Cham­pi­onships B Divi­sion Grand Fi­nal in Oc­to­ber, the club had en­tered the week­end tour­na­ment with a .500 record over its last six matches.

But with All Asia rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ju­nior Combo un­avail­able to play in the In­dochina Cup – as well as ruck­men Joe Allen and for­mer cap­tain An­drew Ro­manin – the un­der­manned squad failed to score even a sin­gle goal in three games of play.

Cap­tain Dan Clery summed up the day on a pos­i­tive note, how­ever, not­ing some progress.

“Fin­ish­ing 0-3 on our home turf was dis­ap­point­ing,” he said. “We were miss­ing a few key play­ers and that made a big dif­fer­ence on the day. How­ever, that meant we were able to get some more game time into our new re­cruits and par­tic­u­larly our three Myan­mar play­ers, who all im­proved as the day went on.”

Photos: Aung Khant

(Top left) The Myan­mar Fight­ing Cocks ruck against the Cam­bo­dia Ea­gles dur­ing the In­dochina Cup on Novem­ber 12. (Top right) Kids who par­tic­i­pated in the AusKick clinic cheer on the Tai Kyet from the side­lines. (Bot­tom left) Club Pres­i­dent Henry Cox (right) is tackled by two play­ers for the Viet­nam Swans. (Bot­tom right) Cam­bo­dia Ea­gles play­ers swarm a Thai Tiger in the In­dochina Cup Fi­nal, which they would go on to win for the first time in club his­tory.

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