Naga Corp’s Julius Oiboh (left) blasts one of his seven goals past Rithy Sen during their game at Olympic Stadium yesterday. The game ended 11-1, the biggest goal difference in a league match since 2007. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun
Kirivong Sok Sen Chey switched places with Build Bright United after coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 in their Metfone C-League clash yesterday. The Takeo- based team leapfrogged BBU into fifth with the victory at Olympic Stadium.
The first 20 minutes saw Kirivong right winger Ouk Thon squander two gilt-edged chances, with BBU second- choice goalkeeper Sos Prohim standing tall. BBU opened the scoring on 30 minutes through Chea Sophany, who beat two defenders before slotting home after a telling pass from Chhun Sotherath.
Two minutes later, Sos Prohim tried to catch a high ball in the area but clumsily bundled over former team-mate Ek Vannak to concede a penalty.
Nelson Oladiji, who had also played for the University- backed club last year, converted the spot kick to draw things back level.
Moments after the restart, Oladiji attempted an audacious lob, but Tuy Sam was at hand to make a heroic goal-line clearance.
On the hour mark, Oul Thon made up for his early misses with what proved to be the winner. Oladiji had his sight on goal obstructed, but brilliantly backheeled to his colleague in the area, who duly obliged with a well-struck low drive.
The closing stages featured some fervent efforts by BBU to equalise, but to no avail as the Kirivong backline, including captain In Vichheka, blocked their succession of attacks.
Naga trounce Rithy Sen 11-1
Few would have predicted an improvement on Naga Corp’s 10-1 thrashing of debutants Rithy Sen during the first leg, but that’s exactly what the former league champions achieved yesterday with an 11-1 demolition job.The Kampong Chhnang outfit were simply no match for the might of Naga, in particular the golden boots of Nigerian striker Julius Oiboh, who netted a magnificent seven.
Oiboh has scored 24 goals in just 10 starts this season, twice that of his nearest rivals in the scoring charts. Naga are also the league’s most prolific attacking side, averaging more than four goals a game.
Many of Oiboh’s strikes, spread over the full 90 minutes, were created by the pinpoint accuracy of winger Meas Channa. Teab Vathanak, Om Thavrak, Kop Isa and Esoh Omogba also got their names on the score sheet.
Oiboh could have got into double figures had he not blasted a few chances wide, and Rithy Sen’s only concerted tactic seemed to involve playing keep ball to limit the damage.
They did, however, grab a consolation on 62 minutes thanks to Ly Tauman, although Raymond Esin had smashed an opportunity off the crossbar during the first half.
The 10-goal deficit is the biggest recorded in the two-year history of the Metfone C-League, and the greatest winning margin since Naga slaughtered Siem Reap side Baksey Chamkrong 19-0 in 2007.