Front-runners Boeung Ket Angkor sustained their lead at the top of the Metfone C League standings with a 5-2 win over Western Phnom Penh at the Old Stadium yesterday even as the second placed Phnom Penh Crown bounced back from a goal down to beat National Police 2-1 at the RSN Stadium on Saturday.
The Boeung Ket victory, their 17th in 21 matches, was built around Samuel Gbenga’s hat-trick and a brace by the ever consistent Chan Vathanaka. For Western Okoro Mathew Osa booted home both the goals.
Heading to the last game of the league phase this midweek, Boeung Ket with 54 points are three clear of Phnom Penh Crown with the two teams assured of their places in the four team double leg championship play off next weekend.
A first-half goal from Tit Dina gave Police a distinct advantage till Va Sokthorn found the equaliser for Crown in the 55th minute. The five time champions then swooped on all three points with a late strike from Keo Sokpheng three minutes before the end of regulation time.
The defeat was a setback for Police in their pursuit of a place in the play offs and a stoppage time red card for Samuel Oseika added another layer of concern.
In one of the most spectacular comebacks seen this season, Build Bright United overturned a 2-4 half time deficit into a glorious 6-5 defeat of Svay Rieng at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday,
Meanwhile at the same venue, two time champs Nagaworld improved their standings to third behind Boeung Ket and Crown following their 2-1 win over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.
The victory pushed Naga tally to 38 points, one ahead of Ministry of National Defence who got the measure of Asia Europe United 4-2 after leading by four goals at one stage.
Cambodian Tiger FC kept their chances of making the four team cut alive by beating the Cambodian Mines Actions Center 2-1. The Tigers are now in fifth spot with 36 points just ahead of National Police.