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Banteay Kder win Mekong Uni Cup

Banteay Kder win Mekong Uni Cup

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Mekong Uni’s goalkeeper Ridet Damrin punches away during yesterday’s Mekong University Cup final against Banteay Kdey. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

The Mekong University Cup wrapped up its fifth edition yesterday at Northbridge International School field with Banteay Kdey successfully retaining their title via a 2-1 victory over Mekong University in the final.

In the third place playoff, Bassac FC score twice in extra time to edge Khla Sar after their game had ended 3-3.

Yesterday’s final, which was the culmination of four months of matches between eight sides played at the same pitch, saw the reigning champions get off to a perfect start after 14 minutes. Forward Chan Dara struck the opening blow before strike partner Ya Brati extended their lead four minutes later.

Moments before the break, hosts Mekong University received a welcome boost after Banteay Kdey central defender, only identified as Shame, was shown his second yellow for a mistimed slide tackle.

In the second session, Mekong Uni grabbed a glimpse of hope on 78 minutes through Khan Kath. However, the holders held on to clinch victory, the trophy, a set of full football kit and a 600,000 riels (US$146.40) cash reward.

The runners-up also walked away with a trophy and kit, as well as 400,000 riels, while the third place finishers collected a cup, kit and 200,000 riels.  

Other honours included the Fair Play award of 200,000 riels handed to Vtrain FC, while Banteay Kdey hotshot Nou Muslim received 100,000 riles as the tournament’s top scorer.

that through 4 months matches of this season we could find the 4 top of Mekong University Cup 2011.  And for the Fair Play team is picked up by the Vtrain FC while the player, Nou Muslim from the Bantey Kdey became a Top Scorer.   

The winner received 600,000 riels with a Cup and a set of sport dress for team while the runner-up received 400,000 Riels with a Cup and a set of full football kit for team too. The third place received 200,000 Riels with a cup and a set of sport dress for team and the Fair Play team received 200,000 at the time of Top scorer took 100,000 Riels.

“The fifth edition of the Mekong University Cup is better than before,” Chea Kosal, Personal Assistant Director of Mekong Sports Centre at the University, told The Post after the closing ceremony. “There are many teams that competed with good technique and who boasted players with strong physicality.”

The official also revealed that the University is set to organise another competition, dubbed the International Mekong match, next month without giving further details.  TRANSLATED BY PANN RETHEA

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