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Kirivong exit with a sigh, Svay Rieng’s reign ends on a high

TriAsia’s Friday Nwakuna challenges Police’s Ieng Tin at Old Stadium
TriAsia’s Friday Nwakuna challenges Police’s Ieng Tin at Old Stadium on Saturday. Sreng Meng Srun

Kirivong exit with a sigh, Svay Rieng’s reign ends on a high

It was a sad exit from the Metfone C League for Kirivong Sok Sen Chey, who dropped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Asia Europe University at the Old Stadium on Saturday to finish second bottom in the league.

The visitors from Takeo haven’t had such a miserable campaign before and will now join Albirex Niigata as the two who will have to fight another promotion battle next year.

AEU finished eighth after the win, with 26 points from six wins, eight draws and as many defeats. Badawi Afawin netted a brace on top of Mon Nara’s goal for AEU, while Nop Chanbora Reasmey got Kirivong’s consolation goal.

Svay Rieng’s one-year reign as champions ended on a winning note, 2-1 victory over Ministry of National Defence Having failed to defend their throne from Phnom Penh Crown, Svay Rieng had to reconcile themselves with the fact that they are a respectable distance away from the top two this season.

Nen Sothearath and Neb Tola got into the scoresheet for Svay Rieng, while Peuo Phearith pulled one back for the Armymen who finished ninth in the overall standings.

TriAsia rounded off an impressive campaign by beating Hun Sen Cup winners National Police 2-0, the goals coming in the second half through Kihara Masakazu and sub Kouch Dany.

As first seasoners, TriAsia earned a reputation as a team with a never-say-die spirit and gave quite a hard time to some of the well established teams during the season. The side is obviously happy with a fifth-place finish though the team management is of the view that with a slice of fortune on their side, especially against heavy weights, they could have finished higher up.

Western University caused a mild flutter by beating Hun Sen Cup runners-up Build Bright United 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium. The Western goals came from M Privat, Ly Saroth and Goze Dneudonne, who nailed a brace.

While BBU ended up seventh, Western placed 10th out of the 12 teams that made up the league this season.

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