Two Metfone C-League matches of contrasting natures played out at Olympic Stadium yesterday, with Build Bright United edging Asia Europe University 1-0 in a game marked by a double dismissal at the death for AEU while Svay Rieng drew to within a single point of the league lead with a rousing 4-2 victory over National Police.
Players and fans were blessed yesterday with a break in the daily deluges that had plagued the preceding days in the capital.
In the early kickoff, BBU took the lead on 28 minutes via the boot of David Ogudogun. It was an advantage that clearly frustrated AEU, with Sary Matnorodin scything down BBU’s Ros Kunrithy in the 88th minute to pick up a straight red.
AEU were then further reduced when an incensed Soy Visal remonstrated with the referee before running over to put in his own illegal challenge on Ros Kunrithy, affording the team’s second red card.
BBU ticked away the clock to clinch the battle of the University sides and pick up another important three-point haul, their third in as many games.
Yesterday’s evening encounter gave supporters their money’s worth with goals strewn out from start to finish. Svay Rieng’s Tomasz Esua put them in front as early as the second minute, although Police’s Tith Dina pegged things back level moments later.
Military Police-backed Svay Rieng, formerly Preah Khan Reach, then pushed ahead with goals either side of the break from Sok Chanraksmey and Prak Mony Udom.
Another Tith Dina strike on 65 minutes had the second placers sweating in the final stages, but Moung Makara stepped up to secure the win with a goal in the second minute of stoppage time.
Yesterday’s results saw Svay Rieng remain in second but reduce the gap between table toppers Boeung Ket Rubber Field, who are on 31 points, to just one. BBU, meanwhile, leapfrogged Police into sixth place and level with fifth-placed Kirivong Sok Sen Chey on 21 points. However, Kirivong hold their position due to a nine-goal lead in goal difference.
AEU remain in the relegation dogfight with Ministry of National Defence, who are two points ahead but with two games in hand.