The Metfone C-League was shaken up yesterday after leaders Boueng Ket Angkor were held to a goalless draw by NagaWorld, while the hard-chasing Ministry of National Defence eked out a 1-0 win over Cambodian Tiger FC.
In a hard-fought twilight encounter at Olympic Stadium, neither Boeung Ket nor Naga could find a breakthrough despite several decent chances. The deadlock cut Boeung Ket’s three-point lead to one.
After a barren first half at Old Stadium, Army took the lead soon after the restart with North Korean striker Ri Hyok-chol deftly hitting the target. The Army kept that advantage to take all three points and enhance their chances of a first ever championship.
Defending champions Phnom Penh Crown put a disappointing result last week behind them to post a 4-0 win over Cambodian Mines Action Center at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Two headers, first from George Bisan in the 16th minute and then from Anthony Aymard in the 35th, gave Crown a healthy 2-0 lead at the breather as Crown’s creativity went unrewarded for most of the second half.
But in a sudden spurt approaching the final whistle, George Bisan got a deserved brace in the 90th minute, and deep into injury time South Korean Kim Hyeon Woo got his name into the score-sheet to stretch the margin to four.
Meanwhile, bottom of the table Western did well to come out of the first half against Police with honours even at 1-1. Yet the next 45 minutes proved unbearably hot for them as Police banged in four goals without reply to end the game 5-1 winners.
In Friday’s only game at the Olympic Stadium, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng defeated Asia Euro United 3-1.