Metfone C-League toppers Boeung Ket, who lost 3-1 in the first leg of the championship semi-final playoff against NagaWorld, left domestic concerns behind them to make a flying start to their much anticipated Toyota Mekong Club Championship campaign with a 2-0 victory to progress in the Lao capital Vientiane.
Propelled by a brace by star striker Chan Vathanaka, Boeung Ket easily had the measure of Lao Premier League champs Lao Toyota at the Chao Anouvong Stadium on Sunday.
Boeung Ket had to wait until the 44th minute to stamp their mark on the game through Vathanaka and, as further proof of his red-hot form, the striker ended the contest in style with a well taken second goal in the 88th minute.
While the goals kept Boeung Ket buoyant, it was left to goalkeeper Sou Yaty to frustrate several notable attempts by the home side.
His performance between the Boeung Ket sticks was acknowledged by the organisers, who at the end of the game named him man of the match and presented him with an award of $1,000 Boeung Ket will host Myanmar League champions Yangon United at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh in their next encounter on November 29.
Boeung Ket face Naga in the return clash between the two sides at the Olympic Stadium on November 7 to revive their League championship hopes after their loss in the first leg.