Kirivong Sok Sen Chey’s Kon Thnou (L) tries to kick past National Police Commissary’s Ieng Tin during their Metfone C-League match at Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Sreng Meng Srun/Phnom Penh Post
Boeung Ket Rubber Field continued to plot a course towards a successful defence of their Metfone C-League title by remaining four points clear at the top of the table after a 5-0 thrashing of Build Bright United on Saturday.
The Kampong Cham outfit maintained their perfect start to the season with a fifth successive win, averaging five goals per game while conceding less than one time out each.
Interestingly, Nigerian hotshot and the club’s leading scorer Bisan George was not on the scoresheet at Olympic Stadium, with team-mates Sok Pheng, Keo Sokngorn, Chukwuma Ohuruogu, Oum Kompheak and Degule Momoh bagging a goal each.
Meanwhile yesterday, four-time league champions Phnom Penh Crown, looking to bounce back from a woeful 2012 campaign, jumped up to second in the standings with a 2-0 defeat of Ministry of National Defence.
A quickfire pair of goals just past the hour mark from Odion Obadin and Kouch Sokupheak, who was making his first start in eight months due to injury, was enough to secure the win and avenge their loss to the same side in the semi-final of the Hun Sen Cup last month.
National Police Commissary were shunted down to fourth place in the table after being held to a 1-1 draw by Kirivong Sok Sen Chey in their match on Saturday at Olympic Stadium. Nwakuna Friday had put the Takeo-based side ahead on 40 minutes, but an 88th-minute equaliser by Tit Dina for the Police helped them to a share of the points.
The only match of the weekend held at Old Stadium on Saturday saw Hun Sen Cup holders Naga Corp snatch a 2-0 victory over league debutants Asia Europe University thanks to a late double by new signing Ibrahim Ishola. The Nigerian forward hit a last-minute strike before putting the result beyond doubt in injury time.
Naga now occupy fifth place, a point off the pace for a place in the lucrative post-season Super 4 playoffs.
Yesterday’s late kickoff saw Preah Khan Reach demolish Senate Secretariat 7-0, with national team star Khoun Laboravy marking his return from injury with a hat-trick, despite missing a hatful of chances.
PKR were three up at the break, with Phany Ratha, Khoun Laboravy and Prak Mony Udom all finding the net. Laboravy then bumped them further ahead shortly after the restart as Sok Chanraksmey and new foreign recruit James Adekunle added their own contributions. All that was left was for Laboravy to wrap up his treble on 86 minutes and take home the match ball.