Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - BBU stun Crown; Boeung Ket blast away Svay Rieng

BBU stun Crown; Boeung Ket blast away Svay Rieng

Boeung Ket’s Khoun Laboravy (left) is pulled back by Svay Rieng’s Sok Samnang during their Hun Sen Cup quarter-final
Boeung Ket’s Khoun Laboravy (left) is pulled back by Svay Rieng’s Sok Samnang during their Hun Sen Cup quarter-final. Sreng Meng Srun

BBU stun Crown; Boeung Ket blast away Svay Rieng

Build Bright United have a bizarre habit of springing surprises when you least expect them to. At the Old Stadium yesterday, the University-backed side made light of hefty odds to topple Phnom Penh Crown 1-0 to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious Hun Sen Cup.

By the time the news of BBU’s Cup upset had trickled into the Olympic Stadium, Boeung Ket Rubber Field were putting the finishing touches to their 5-1 drubbing of Svay Rieng to get past the quarter-final stage for the first time after a couple of failed attempts.

Reung Bunheang’s solitary strike, a 44th-minute free kick, won the day for BBU, who now face Boeung Ket in next Wednesday’s last four clash.

Boueng Ket’s dominance was never seriously questioned and Svay Rieng’s counter attacks appeared to come in drips and drabs, which goes some way to explaining the flattering margin.

In victory, Boueng Ket took revenge for their loss to Svay Rieng in last year’s Metfone C-League final, with Svay Rieng’s defensive chinks badly exposed.

Boeung Ket took the lead in the 34th minute when Sok Pheng turned the ball into the net after it had cannoned off the defensive wall following a fierce Chan Vathanaka free kick.

Crossing over with that psychological advantage, Boeung Ket quickly built up a 3-0 cushion through goals from Sok Sovan and Keo Sokgnon early in the second half. The Keo family cheer went up again when Sokgnon’s brother Sopheng, coming in as a substitute, made it 4-0.

Svay Rieng captain Prak Mony Udom, who had dispelled injury concerns to take the pitch, pulled off a poor consolation when his free kick hit a defender and ballooned over the Boeung Ket goalkeeper into the net. He has had a couple of rueful misses as well with set-pieces.

Who else other than Boeung Ket’s pride and Svay Rieng’s envy Khoun Laboravy could have confirmed the rout, his elegant left foot finish constantly reminding the onlookers of his immense value to the Kampong Cham team’s attacking prowess this season.

“I am very happy with our performance and preparation was indeed the key,” Boeung Ket coach Prak Vuthy told the Post.

Over at the Cheng Meng football centre in Phnom Penh’s outskirts, National Police Commissary downed Ministry of National Defence 2-1 to earn a semi-final place.

They will next play Naga Corp, who held on to a 1-0 advantage in a nervy finish to their late kick-off match against Kirivong Sok Sen Chey at Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Teab Vathanak netted the game's only goal at the 22-minute mark as Naga continued in their quest to retain the Cup title.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australian police investigating death threat against Kem Ley's widow

    Updated: 10:17am, Friday March 23, 2018 Australian authorities on Thursday confirmed they have launched an investigation into a crudely written death threat sent tothe family of slain political analyst Kem Ley and Victoria state MP Hong Lim. The typed letter, reported to Victoria police last week, is

  • Apparel groups including H&M and Gap urge Cambodia garment industry reform, seek meeting with Hun Sen

    A group representing some of the largest apparel brands in the US and Europe – including Gap, H&M and ASOS – expressed “growing concern” on Tuesday over several controversial labour laws and ongoing court cases against unionists described as restrictive and unjust. In an open letter

  • Hun Sen says Montagnards don’t exist in Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen once again attacked ex-opposition leader Sam Rainsy for pledging “autonomy” to Montagnards, claiming – seemingly incorrectly – the ethnic minority does not exist in Cambodia. “We respect all minorities such as Jarai, Steang, Phnong, but we have never had Montagnards,” the premier said