Build Bright United blast Wat Phnom 3-0 Sunday in their Metfone C-League game, while Preah Khan Reach run out 1-0 victors over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.
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Build Bright United's Bun Sophea (right) attempts to cross the ball past Wat Phnom's Put Savuth during their Metfone C-League match at Olympic Stadium Sunday.
BUILD Bright United (BBU) dropped their influential skipper Prom Putsethy to the bench, and his replacement Phin Pheara came up trumps with the opening goal against Wat Phnom in the scorching heat of the Olympic Stadium Sunday.
Teammate Chea Sophany's cross from the byline was fumbled by Wat Phnom's stand-in keeper Ou Hong Ly and Phin Pheara poked it into the empty net. Ou Hong Ly had earlier replaced Sin Pisal between the sticks after the Wat Phnom custodian suffered a mouth injury that needed ten stitches just twelve minutes into the Metfone C-League match.
In a first-half devoid of much goalmouth activity, BBU had just shaded it. Referee Yien Kivatanak made his mark after the break with six yellow cards and a red one for Wat Phnom's sturdy midfielder Henry Asonibe, who scored a hat trick last week. This week the only foreign import on view turned villain with two bookable fouls to force an early bath on 79 minutes.
Eight minutes earlier, BBU had netted a second goal with Nuth Sinoun adding the final touch to good work from Chhun Sothearath and Oum Chandara.
They added a third two minutes after Asonibe’s dismissal when Chhun Sothearath's 25-yard free kick was turned past his own keeper by the outstretched leg of Sun Sovanrotha. The three points were a big bonus for the university students of BBU, but it's back to the drawing board for the Wat Phnom management team.
PKR 1 Kirivong S.S. Chey 0
The outcome of this Metfone C-League clash Sunday, played in strength-sapping 36-degree heat, was always in doubt. Though Preah Khan Reach (PKR) opened the scoring five minutes after the halftime break, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey had enough chances after the goal to earn a share of the points. They failed, and the Takeo-based team were consigned to their third defeat in a row.
PKR dominated proceedings in the first half, with their bustling striker Ande Apollo flashing their best effort high and wide from just six yards out moments before the interval. Earlier, his teammates Khuon Laboravy, Kao Kiri and Tum Saray had all squandered presentable opportunities.
Kirivong, meanwhile, had a solo headed effort against the bar from Julius Chukwumeka to show for their huff and puff.
The goal, when it came, was a collector's item from Chea Samnang on a rare start for the youngster. He ghosted in at the far post five minutes after the interval to smash PKR into the lead, though Kirivong almost levelled immediately when Sen Kamsen's header rebounded off the inside of an upright a minute later.
With the bit between their teeth, Kirivong stepped up their search for an equaliser. They expected a penalty award when San Narith flattened Him Salam in the box, but the referee waved play on much to everyone's disbelief. Julius Chukwumeka had two more chances to level the game, but failed to find his scoring boots and Kirivong were left to rue the missed opportunity of their first league point of the season. For PKR, they collected the points but looked a long way from the side that led the table for much of last season's campaign.