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Naga back atop of league

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BBU’s In Vireak and Boeung Ket’s Kenneth Nwafor fight for the ball in yesterday’s Metfone C-League match at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Pha Lina/Phnom Penh Post

With one match remaining, NagaCorp claimed the first place of Metfone C-League after their victory 2-1 over Build Bright United in the first match yesterday at Olympic Stadium, while Boeung Ket Rubber Field defeated Kirivong Sok Sen Chey to jump in the third placed.

In the 29th minute, Kop Isa headed to give a 1-0 lead for NagaCorp. Then in the 41st minute, the forward was fouled in the penalty area by BBU’s Seng Komsen. Choun Chum did no mistake, it was his 17th goal of the season, one behind leading goalscorer Nelson Oladiji of National Police Commissary.

In the 84th minute the rain started and BBU put more pressure on NagaCorp so that in injury time, the Japanese midfielder Dan Ito could score a goal for BBU, it was his sixth from his six appearances for university side.

The three points Naga won keeps them at the top of the table with 37 points. They will likely play against fourth-placed National Police Commissary, which finished their 18 matches with 33 points, when the four-team playoffs begin. With one match remaining, BBU are now in sixth place with 24 points.

In the second match, Boeung Ket Rubber Field jumped from fourth to third place after beating Kirivong Sok Sen Chey 3-2. Chukwuma Darlington and Yob Romaton scored a goal each in the 23rd and 33rd minute respectively for Boeung Ket. Kirivong captain In Vichheka brought his team with the 2-1 in the first half.

In the 56th minute, Ek Vannak scored the equaliser for Kirivong but only 10 minutes later, Keo Sokgnon gave Boeung Ket a 3-2 victory.

Now Boeung Ket, Preah Khan Reach and National Police Commissary all have 33 points. Boeung Ket and Preah Khan Reach have one more match to play this weekend. Both teams could face each other in the playoffs in September.

Kirivong finished their campaign this season and is looking avoid the relegation zone with 17 points, six points ahead of Chhlam Samuth.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhorn Norn at norn.chhorn@phnompenhpost.com

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