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Kirivong smash BBU 6-2 to end recent slump in the CPL


Cambodian Premeir League team Kirivong Sok Sen Chey knock six past Build Bright United Saturday, while Naga Corp push past lowly Phouchung Neak 3-1

Bewildered Build Bright United keeper Chhim Rotha (left) looks on as Kirivong Sok Sen Chey’s new Vietnamese striker Vin Nhek Troeung (right) celebrates after completing his hat trick in their Cambodian Premier League game Saturday.

KIRIVONG Sok Sen Chey were in no mood to lie down and let Build Bright United (BBU) perpetuate a recent poor run of form, and the Takeo-based team came out gunning for a victory in Sunday's CPL encounter. Reversing recent trends, they were two goals to the good in the first half-hour, and went on to completely overwhelm their opponents after the half-time interval.

Mid-season signing and Vietnamese import Vin Nhek Troeung was the star of the 6-2 demolition, netting a hat trick and looking a lively handful for the BBU defence all afternoon.

Kirivong skipper Ly Ravy opened the scoring on 25 minutes and Vin Nhek Troeung took his time before coolly rolling the ball home five minutes later, after breaking free down the middle.

BBU had their moments with Prum Puthsethy hitting the crossbar early on and Oum Chandara firing wide after creating a scoring opportunity with an outrageous shimmy.

After the break, Vin Nhek Troeung and his strike partner Julius Chukwumeka ran the BBU defence ragged. They led them a merry dance for the third goal on 70 minutes, before Chukwumeka finished with aplomb. Five minutes later, Chukwumeka's edge-of-the-box free kick was too hot to hold for BBU keeper Chhim Rotha, and Vin Nhek Troeung gleefully snapped up the rebound.

The Vietnamese marksman was there again, three minutes later, to accept a pass from Ouk Thorn and finish with ease to claim his first hat trick and Kirivong's fifth.

BBU refused to lie down and roll over, however, and in the last two minutes they netted a quick-fire double through Augustine Ogbemi, though there was still time for Kirivong substitutue Mim Sophal to run from the centre circle and finish with cool precision.


Naga Corp's Meas Channa (left) attempts to curl in a cross past Phouchung Neak’s Thet Dina (right) Saturday.

Naga Corp 3 - 1 Phouchung Neak
In Sunday's second installment, Naga Corp faced bottom of the pile Phouchung Neak. In fact, it was the no-hopers who carved out the better opportunities early on through Heng Sokly and Wilson Mene.

Naga eventually had their moments, with Pich Sina's close range volley rebounding off an upright, and teammate Pok Chanthan ballooning an effort over the crossbar when it seemed easier to score.

Moments before halftime, Phouchung changed their goalkeeper, and within three minutes of the restart were made to reflect on their decision. Yemi Oyewole squirmed his way into the box before a tackle took the ball out wide to Chin , who spotted substitute keeper Thai Sineth off his line and chipped him with sublime accuracy.

Wilson Mene did everything right except executing a scoring finish, as Phouchung Neak pressed for an equaliser, while teammate Yaum Saromthan screwed his shot wide when equally well-placed.

They were made to pay for those glaring misses on 80 minutes, with a headed goal from Naga substitute Kop Isa from a Kim Chanbunrith in swinging corner.

A couple of minutes later, Phouchung Neak finally troubled the scoreboard, when Wilson Mene took advantage of a Naga defence that had gone AWOL at a corner. With the CPL's bottom team smelling a hint of a comeback, Naga put them firmly in their place on 88 minutes when sub Soeung Monyroath's stab towards goal was turned over his own goal line by Tuy Sam as he backpedalled.

Photos by Nick Sells (www.nicksellsphotography.com)

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