After the monotony of the previous chapter, gameweek 22 bestowed a far more intriguing edition. Fulham’s 5-2 thumping of Newcastle was the clear high point of some fruitful fixtures, and the Cottagers were the only side to provide more than one player for the Dream team.
MVP honours went to Fulham’s masterful midfielder Clint Dempsey, whose stunning hat-trick earned PPP/CTN Fantasy League managers a score of 20 points. The American wasn’t the only one who trebled up during the game: his team-mate Bobby Zamora notched up three assists to add to his goal to take home 17 points.
Meanwhile, Sunderland’s Beninese signing Stephane Sessegnon had a goal, assist and clean sheet to earn 14 points.
The race for the gameweek winner was fiercely fought as ever, although the top two managers sacrificed their eligibility for prizes in pursuit of the overall bounty of a 3G iPad from sponsor Cellcard.
Glenn Press’s Walkabout Jokers, on 84 points, and 2009-10 season winner Brenda Wade’s AV Cambodia, on 79 points, maxed out their transfer allowances, making use of the unlimited nature of their second wildcards.
However, Samnang Phan, with his side Samang FC, managed to secure 77 points without the need of a single transfer to walk away with his choice of an internet dongle or a US$20 phone voucher as well as a T-shirt courtesy of Cellcard.
Samnang’s squad has been in action only two weeks, so is way down in 524th place.
His original line-up, however, which included just West Brom’s James Morrison on 11 points from the Dream team, gave support to the adage “better late than never”.
Robin van Persie was Samnang’s captain for 10 points.
Interestingly, the exact same total of 77 and zero number of transfers was what succeeded for Petter Jonh’s Kratie Town in the preceding round.
The FA Cup has pushed gameweek 23’s full set of match-ups into the middle of next week, so make your transfers wisely by 2:30am Cambodian time on Wednesday.