Boeung Ket Rubber Field suffered from a self-inflicted wound as the defending champions presented a Metfone C-League game on a platter to Build Bright United at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Boeung Ket substitute Ly Mizan’s own goal as late as the 81st minute condemned them to a 1-0 defeat, ending the Kampong Cham side’s 11-game unbeaten streak.
Last week’s draw against second from bottom Asia Europe University was more of an irritant for Boeung Ket, but the loss to BBU was a clear body blow. Visibly upset by the turn of events, coach Prak Vuthy, however, played down the loss, contending that the team’s resolve to reach the summit was unbreakable.
Despite taking just one point from the past two games, Boeung Ket still enjoy a four-point cushion at the top of the standings over their closest rivals Svay Rieng, who trounced lowly Senate 9-0 yesterday to get to within four points of the leaders.
The rout included five strikes from national team hitman Khoun Laboravy, along with a brace from Prak Mony Udom and one each from Muong Makara and Lay Raksmey.
Earlier yesterday, seasoned forward Khim Borey produced a 50th minute goal for Phnom Penh Crown to help the former champions level up at 1-1 against a resurgent Ministry of National Defence after the Army men had shot into an early lead.
Meak Chhordaravuth drove MND into a fifth-minute lead, but Crown’s persistence eventually paid off when the experienced Khim Borey levelled the score.
Crown had a few more prominent chances to possibly end on a brighter note but MND were equally stoic in holding out.
Crown hold clear third in the standings ahead of Naga-Corp who could only manage to split points with Asia Europe University at the Old Stadium on Saturday.
Its a travesty that Asia Europe University continue to ramble in the rear despite putting up some fighting displays against well-heeled teams.
The University-backed side was the first to wrestle a point out of Boeung Ket – no easy task by any means – and on Saturday AEU again threw a scare at two-time champions Naga before the game ended 1-1.
African signing Oriola Adeseye gave AEU a 35th minute lead, and Naga, this year’s Hun Sen Cup winners, whose league season hasn’t been going the way the team would have wished, were clearly in some discomfort until Chun Chum got the leveller a minute before regulation time.
In Saturday’s Olympic Stadium action before Boeung Ket’s shock defeat, National Police Commissary got the measure of Kirivong Sok Sen Chey 2-0, with both goals coming in the first half.
Police grabbed the early initiative when Sok Va scored in the 15th minute. Say Visal doubled the lead seven minutes later and for the rest of the way the Police had to just carry out sentry duties around their goal even though Kirivong tried desperately hard to close the gap.