Preah Khan Reach lose friendly 3-1 to visiting South Korean team
Cambodian Premier League club Preah Khan Reach (PKR) were beaten 3-1 in a friendly at Olympic Stadium Thursday by visiting South Korean side University Ulsan. The match played to only a smattering of local football fans and television station TVK decided not to screen the match live as promised.
The youngsters on the Korean side had started the brighter, but struggled to find an opening goal. Then, in the 20th minute, PKR new signing Ande Apollo gave his team the lead after overcoming two Ulsan defenders to slot home.
In the 38th minute, Ung Kanyanith came off the bench to replace skipper Samel Nasa. The veteran forward linked well with Tum Saray to create some scoring chances, but the Ulsan defence managed to deny PKR of extending their lead heading into the interval.
In the second half, Ulsan pushed hard for the equaliser, including an inspirational performance by Choi Min-seok. The Korean frontman set up teammate Cha Tae-young in the 76th minute to tie the scores, and the just three minutes later, granted his side the lead with a well struck shot.
Choi Min-seok sealed the win with his second of the game just a minute from time to fill the travelling side with confidence ahead of their Saturday clash with the national team. Despite the loss, PKR coach Prak Sovannara was satisfied with their efforts. “My boys played not too bad but they lost some chances,” he said after the match. “However, I recognise that the Koreans play at a high standard with great speed. From this match experience, we’ve learnt our weaknesses and strengths. I believe that my players will do better in the Samdech Hun Sen Cup.”