For the first time this season, Boeung Ket Angkor emerged as the solo leader in the Metfone C League after their scoring prowess covered up for some sloppy defending in a 9-5 win over Western Phnom Penh at the Western Stadium on Saturday.
The 2012 champions jumped into a two point lead after Phnom Penh Crown, who held a stalking spot behind Boeung Ket on goal difference drew 1-1 with Commissariat of National Police in a rain hit match that was suspended 25 minutes into the first half on Saturday with the rest of the time played out yesterday.
The five-time champions owe that precious point earned to Police defender Adekunjo Busayo who headed into his own goal after the visitors to Crown’s home pitch at the RSN stadium had stolen a march through Yusuke Ishi’s second half goal.
Boeung Ket’s winning streak extended to nine matches.
They now head the table with 28 points, two ahead of Phnom Penh Crown with the rest a respectful distance away.
At the Bati Center, Nagaworld FC outplayed struggling Kirivong Sok Sen Chey 3-0 with Chanratana, Sok-umpheak and Barry Lelouma scoring a goal each.
In Saturday’s other matches, Svay Rieng recorded a home win over Build Bright United 3-1 while Cambodian Tiger FC defeated Cambodian Mines Actions Center 3-1 at the Bati Center.
For the first time this season, Boeung Ket saw their rivals score first.
The hard working Mathew Osa gave Western a dream start with a 10th minute strike.
But as it turned out, the lead triggered an immediate response from the Boeung Ket’s attacking trio of Khuon Laboravy, Chan Vathanaka and Sok Pheng, who came up with a goal each in the next 13 minutes to regain the initiative.
While Laboravy went on to double his contribution before the break, Western struck again through Mohammed Tijani to end the half time at 4-2 for Boeung Ket.
An action packed second session saw Boeung Ket enhance their advantage through Sok Sovan before the goal-hungry Chan Vathanaka landed three more critical blows to complete a quartet.
Even as the forwards kept the score-sheet ticking, for Boeung Ket, there were glaring back rank weaknesses that coupled with some good spade work by Western led to goals from Mathew Osa, Josua James and Nuot Sinoun.