National Police Commissary and Naga Corp consolidated their first and second placings respectively in the Metfone C-League with wins yesterday at Olympic Stadium.
National Police had the tougher test by far in trying to contain Hun Sen Cup champions Preah Khan Reach, but managed to wrestle out on top of a 3-2 thriller.
Naga, meanwhile, had the relatively easy task of dealing with league debutants Western University.
The two-time league winners showed their inexperienced opposition no mercy, running out a competent 4-1 victory.
Crown crush BBU, Army draw again
In Saturday’s matches at Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh Crown continued their resurgence with a 3-0 blitz of Build Bright United, while Boeung Ket Rubber Field held National Defence Ministry to a 1-1 draw.
The early kickoff between league newcomers Boeung Ket and the Army side showed much early promise, with NDM’s Chhin Chhoeun opening the scoring after just four minutes.
Boeung Ket quickly drew things level six minutes later with a goal from Nwakuna Friday.
Parity was to remain to the end of the match, despite Boeung Ket players beginning to lose their heads in the closing stages.
Substitute midfielder Phoeun Saorum picked up two rapid-fire yellows to be given his marching orders before defender Touch Sokheng followed suit with a bizarre double booking in stoppage time to see the Kampong Cham outfit finish with nine men.
It was the Army’s fourth tie in five matches this season.
In the evening game, Crown ran out comfortable winners over BBU.
Impressive new Ghanaian signing Emmanuel Frimpong was at hand to blast in a long-range effort for the game’s opener on 32 minutes and his fifth of the campaign so far.
Home-grown stars Kim Borey and Kouch Sokumpheak then put the result beyond doubt in quick succession in the second half.
Crown leapfrogged Boeung Ket into third in the standings, while BBU stayed mired in the relegation zone, ahead of bottom-placed Chhlam Samuth only by better goal difference.