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Prek Pra punished on pitch

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Kirivong striker Nelson Oladiji tries to beat a sliding challenge from Prek Pra’s Mat Keilad during their match yesterday. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Kirivong Sok Sen Chey weathered the downpours that lasted most of their Metfone C-League match yesterday at Olympic Stadium to inflict yet another 3-0 defeat on hapless Prek Pra Keila.

The Prek Pra fans, who clashed with military police after their 3-0 loss to Build Bright United on Saturday, had little to shout about this time after being issued with an announcement from club president Sos Karim asking them to continue their support “with dignity during the match.”

Kirivong took the lead on 14 minutes through Nigerian hotshot Nelson Oladiji, who broke away from his marker Ly Vika to deflect in a cross from Ek Vannak.

Ten minutes later, the Prek Pra defender was handed a chance to make up for his mistake, but his shot was blocked by Kirivong keeper Kem Makara.

Midway through the first half, a huge storm rolled with rain barely relenting for the rest of the game. The Takeo based team seemed content to sit on their slender advantage, especially with the pitch fast becoming a swimming pool.

It took until the 73th minute before things picked up again as Oladiji cannoned a strike off the bar. However, just a minute later he headed his side further ahead off a fine cross from the right by defender Touch Sok Heang.

Oladiji has now amassed 12 goals during the campaign to go level with Preah Khan Reach’s Khounla Boravy. Both are chasing the 15-goal tally of Naga Corp’s Julius Oiboh in the race for the Golden Boot.  

With 13 minutes left on the clock, Kirivong midfielder Mam Sophal set up Ek Vannak to score his first goal for the club after joining from Naga.

Kirivong moved up to fifth placed on 12 points, while Prek Pra remained in the drop zone with 8 points.

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