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Ononiwu fires up Kirivong

Kirivong SSC 3 Prek Pra 0
Talismanic striker Julius Ononiwu played a pivotal role in Kirivong Sok Sen Chey's 3-0 victory over Prek Pra Keila in their Metfone C-League game at Olympic Stadium yesterday. The Takeo-based side were already assured of missing out on a Super 4 place in fifth, while Prek Pra had been steered clear of relegation following Wat Phnom’s loss Saturday.

The attention was clearly on Ononiwu and his quest for the Golden Boot, which had come under threat from a five-goal haul by Naga Corp's Teab Vatanak Saturday to bring the strikers’ totals within two.

Yesterday however, Ononiwu threw the gauntlet right back at his challenger by bagging a brace to set Vatanak a target of five from his two remaining playoff games. The Nigerian striker's individual brilliance came to the fore in the first five minutes after the restart, and his second was a gem off a header from a floating delivery that was dipping fast. Sandwiched between the strikes was Un Sopheak's neat placement off a merited cross from Heng Kim Hung.

MND 7 Chhma Khmao 2
As the curtain came down on the Metfone C-League regular season, National Defence Ministry (MND) turned their guns on a hapless Chhma Khmao with a 7-2 demolition in a game of no consequence.

If the Armymen were aspiring to go out in a blaze of glory after a roller coaster of a season, their mission was accomplished as rock bottom Black Cats proved a total mismatch.

Four first-half goals for MND, including strikes from Touch Sokheng and Phuong Soksana and converted penalties from Khim Borey and Oum Thavarak, put them firmly in the driving seat despite affording a spotkick themselves, which Pao Phearith dispatched.

The second period saw Khim Borey and Phuong Soksana completing their doubles, Black Cat's Men Pisith pegging one back and Chhin Chhoeurn wrapped up the rout.

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