Yesterday’s matches in the Metfone C-League seemed somewhat anticlimactic after the fireworks from the day before at Olympic Stadium although weekend blockbuster between National Defence Ministry (MND) and Preah Khan Reach did produce a spirited 2-2 draw.
The Army team went ahead on 14 minutes as Meas Chhordaravuth, making his debut after joining from Kirivong Sok Sen Chey, blasted in a 25-metre freekick past the reach of goalkeeper Sar Sophea.
Ten minutes later and PKR brought things back level through Phany I Rotha, who knocked in a cross by Prak Mony Udom.
MND got things going again quickly after the restart, with Chhin Chhoeun scoring with his head off a Phoung Soksana corner. However, yet another twist in the tale remained with PKR ace goalgetter Khoun Laboravy leaping high to head home the equaliser on 73 minutes.
Both sides were guilty of poor finishing on occasions throughout, with Chhin Chhoeun and Khoun Laboravy the most guilty parties while PKR’s Muol Daravorn saw his header from a corner kick cannon off the crossbar on 58 minutes.
The Army could have grabbed a stoppage time winner had Soeng Chanvanno not hesitated when through on goal to allow Sar Sophea to close him down.
Police dispatch Rithy Sen
The concluding league match of the weekend saw a tedious affair played out by bottom club Rithy Sen and fellow promotees National Police Commissary, with the latter emerging 1-0 victors.
A solitary 82-minute strike by Sim Vutha was all that separated the sides in the end, despite the Police seeming in control for the majority. Substitute Ol Ravy proved the difference and his cross after just a minute on the field was turned in by Vutha, with the ball creeping over the line off the post having beaten the flatfooted Rithy Sen keeper Oum Veasna.
Rithy Sen skipper El Moskava and Tam Yusos and kept the deficit at a minimum with stout defending against the likes of Sophal Odom and Samuth Dalin.
In the last minute, Rithy Sen forward Raymond Esin skied a chance when well placed to sum up his side’s campaign as they remained rooted to the foot of the table.