Last year’s runners-up Boeung Ket Angkor served a goal-feast at the Tonle Bati National Football Center, making mince meat of Kirivong Sok Sen Chey 12-2 in a Metfone C-League tie on Saturday.
The toast went out to young striker Chan Vathanaka who plucked seven out of the dozen completely blurring out a merited double from Yemi Joseph.
The other goal scorers were Khuon Laboravy, Eso Omogba and substitute Ly Vahet.
For hapless Kirivong, who finished well down the field in the 2014 season, Em Phanna and Ek Sopheap reduced the margin to a widening 10 goals.
At the same venue, NagaWorld were not hard pressed to beat season debutants Cambodia Mines Actions Center 3-0, who had so far managed three consecutive draws.
The highlight of NagaWorld’s victory was Guinean import Barry Lelouma’s worthy hat-trick of which the first two goals came within a minute of each other bang on the hour mark and the third 19 minutes later.
At the Army stadium, National Defence Ministry eked out a 2-1 win over Cambodian Tiger FC.
The Armymen led through Kazuki Tatsuta’s goal at the break and went 2-0 up after substitute Up Kamul found the net early in the 65th minute.
Though Yoshihara Masato pulled one-back two minutes later, his side found it hard to get closer than that.
Despite missing a 47th minute penalty, Western Phnom Penh squeezed out a 1-0 away win over Svay Rieng on the back of Matthew Osas’s 83rd minute strike in their clash yesterday Meanwhile, Defending champions Phnom Penh Crown routed Asia Europe United 6-1 in a second-half blitz before a lustily cheering crowd of home fans at the RSN Stadium.
Bisan George led the goal hunt with a double while Keo Sokpheng, Santigie Koroma, Leng Makara and Va Sokthorn scored a goal each for the winners.
Western’s Nigerian import Osas drilled a 25-yard strike home late in the game to deal the former champions a serious blow, but the real hero for the winning side was their goal-keeper Peng Bunchay, who made several bold saves during regulation time and came up with a spectacular block of a seemingly certain goal off a header from Dzarma Bata moments before the final whistle.
In fact, there were several Bunchay-Bata duels that worked up a lot of excitement in the stands and Svay Rieng’s prolific scorer found the goalkeeper a tough one to beat on the day.
It was also a frustrating day for Tani Reijin and Prak Mony Odom as a Bunchay-inspired Western back line managed to safeguard their goal in the face of frequent attacks.