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Champs help out Crown

Svay Rieng’s Dzarma Bata jumps a challenge from Boeung Ket
Svay Rieng’s Dzarma Bata jumps a challenge from Boeung Ket’s Touch Panharong during their MCL game yesterday. Sreng Meng Srun

Champs help out Crown

Metfone C-League front runners Phnom Penh Crown increased their lead in the Metfone C-League to five points after reigning champions Svay Rieng suddenly refound their form to down title contenders Boeung Ket Rubber Field 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Svay Rieng’s Nigerian hotshot Dzarma Bata opened the scoring on 15 minutes but Boeung Ket’s Chan Vathanaka levelled midway through the second half.

Prak Mony Udom then sprung up to grab the winner with six minutes left on the clock to spoil the day of their Kampong Thom-based rivals.

On Saturday at the Old Stadium, Leng Makara gave Crown an early lead against Western University when he struck in the 14th minute. The team’s South Korean import Kim Jeong Ho then doubled the advantage soon after the restart and Crown had no difficulty riding home the 2-0 advantage.

This year’s Hun Sen Cup runners-up Build Bright United were given a fright by bottom of the table Albirex Niigata, who threatened a huge upset before the university-backed side managed to steer the game to a 2-2 draw.

Albirex, the first foreign franchise to get into the Cambodian top tier, led by a Yusuki Ueda double until Adeyanju Omokafe pulled one back minutes before the breather, although the danger was far from over from BBU.

After struggling to get on terms for the best part of the second half, the day for BBU was saved by Prum Puthsethy, who nailed the equaliser two minutes into injury time.

Meanwhile, a brace by Tani Reijin featured prominently in National Police Commissary overcoming Ministry of National Defence 3-2. Touch Roma gave the Armymen a 33rd minute lead but Police quickly caught up when Tani Reijin was on target five minutes later and went one better by taking Police to the front on the hour mark.

Hard-working Chhin Chhoeun restored parity for MND in the 73rd minute but the Police clinched the deal when Ul Ravy produced the match winner shortly after.

The tottering Kirivong Sok Sen Chey were dealt another cruel blow. TriAsia proved far too strong for the visitors from Takeo in a 4-1 victory built around Nwakuna Friday’s double. Sok Chanraksmey and Soung Virak chipped in with a goal each.

In Vicheka’s eighth minute goal turned out to be poor consolation for Kirivong, who are currently second from bottom in the standings.

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