Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Army beat PKR as Boeung Ket edge Crown



Army beat PKR as Boeung Ket edge Crown

North Korean Kim Kyong-hun (right) scored twice as Army beat table-topping PKR Svay Rieng 5-1 in their Metfone C-League tie on Friday.
North Korean Kim Kyong-hun (right) scored twice as Army beat table-topping PKR Svay Rieng 5-1 in their Metfone C-League tie on Friday.

Army beat PKR as Boeung Ket edge Crown

In a second-half surge powered by North Korean hitman Kim Kyong-hun’s double strike, Ministry of National Defence mowed down table-topping PKR Svay Rieng 5-1 on their own home turf in a key Metfone C-League tie on Friday.

But amid a surfeit of drama that climaxed in the dismissal of a player from each side, Boeung Ket Angkor stole Saturday’s thunder with a 1-0 win over Phnom Penh Crown at the RSN Stadium, where the match winner for coach Prak Sovanara’s team came from the most unlikely source, defender Sok Sovann.

The away wins for both the Army and Boeung Ket left them as joint leaders in the standings after six weeks of action with 15 points each, while PKR dropped down to third. NagaWorld moved up to the fourth slot after their 3-1 win over CMAC United at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Stormed into an early lead

The Army outfit’s road trip to the Svay Rieng stadium was fraught with anxiety following the team’s narrow loss to Crown, and those concerns seemed to grow even bigger when the home side stormed into an early lead through Pidor.

Shorty after that, Myong Ho-choe put the side at ease with an equaliser and the teams went into the second half with everything to fight for. But minutes after the resumption, the Army took control with Sok Sana driving them to a 2-1 lead. An innocuous clearance by Nub Tola spelt disaster for Svay Rieng as the ball obviously intended for the goalkeeper ended up in his own net.

As the Army’s attacking edge grew sharper, Kim Kyong-hun crafted a running double to leave Svay Rieng in a state of utter despair.A fairly big turnout saw Boeung Ket edge past Crown in a well-fought encounter.

After a first half full of thrust and parry, Boeung Ket turned a set piece opportunity into the only goal of the contest. Defender Sok Sovann was among the first to reach out to perfectly volley a swerving free kick delivered well into the box by Chan Vathanaka in the 72 minute.

Moments after this decisive break came an altercation between Crown’s South Korean signing Jang and Boeung Ket’s Hong Pheng, leading to their dismissal. With both sides down to 10 men, the surcharged atmosphere created moments of anguish for both sides even as Boeung Ket withstood several bold attempts by Crown.

MOST VIEWED

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four

  • Governor: Covid subsides in capital

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng said the Covid-19 situation in the capital’s 14 districts has eased, with only two districts still recording a high number of infections. “Transmission cases in all districts are dropping, though they are relatively higher Meanchey and Por Sen Chey.

  • Hun Sen: Get 12-17 age group ready for Covid jabs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has told parents of children aged 12-17 in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk to get them ready for vaccinations soon. “There is a need to vaccinate children and youths aged 12 to 17. According to the statistics provided