Defending Metfone C-League champions Boeung Ket Rubber Field and past winners Phnom Penh Crown secured their berths in the Super 4 playoffs with victories at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Naga Corp, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey and Build Bright United all posted wins over the weekend to ensure that the remaining two slots for the post-season, which starts on July 13, would be fought for by themselves and Svay Rieng in the last round of the campaign.
Having slipped out of the top four overnight on Saturday, Naga were determined to claw their way back into playoff contention with a positive result from yesterday’s game at Olympic Stadium against National Police Commissary.
The Hun Sen Cup holders did exactly that, inflicting a 2-0 defeat on the Police through goals from Sun Sovannrithy and Teab Vathanak either side of the interval.
In the earlier kick-off, Kirivong escaped with a 2-1 victory over Ministry of National Defence to stay within a point of fourth placed Naga and ahead of BBU by means of goal difference.
The Army had taken the lead via Ouk Kamol’s 40th minute goal, but an Ung Vita own goal straight after the restart changed the complexion of the tie. Nwakuna Friday then stepped up to net the winner for the Takeo club bang on the hour mark.
On Saturday, two of Boeung Ket’s African contingent were the decisive factor in their 2-0 win over Military Police-backed Svay Rieng with a goal apiece. Nigerian midfielder Befolo Mbarga opened their account with a strike on 39 minutes, before compatriot Bisan George showed why he is the leading scorer this year with his 17th league goal of 2013.
In the later kick-off on Saturday, Crown were simply too hot to handle for their opponents Asia Europe University in a 3-0 drubbing.
Dutch sensation Elroy van der Hooft produced yet another inspired finish to put Crown up as early as the second minute.
However, it took until midway through the second half for Crown to push further ahead through Sos Souhana.
Hong Pheng then rounded off the rout with his own score as Crown leapfrogged Svay Rieng into second place in the league standings, five points off the pace of Boueng Ket, who are on 37 points.
Saturday’s only fixture at the Old Stadium witnessed yet another Senate smashing as the high-flying BBU got off the blocks late to record a 5-0 win thanks to a late four-goal blitz.
Chan Chhaya nudged the University side in front in the eleventh minute as relegation-bound Senate battled well to hold back the inevitable onslaught.
In the 78th minute, the floodgates were finally pushed open as Nigerian striker David Ekele-Chukwu put BBU two-up. Heng Sokly notched a third, which was in turn quickly added to by Ekele-Chukwu.
On the stroke of full-time, Prum Puthsethy put his own stamp on proceedings with a goal.
Senate now head into their remaining game of a morale-sapping season with two points to their name and an average of over five goals conceded each game.