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Choe at the double as Visakha down Soltilo

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Chan Vathanaka has returned to Boeung Ket after stints in Japan and Malaysia. Sreng Meng Srun

Choe at the double as Visakha down Soltilo

League newcomers Visakha signed off on the first phase of the Metfone C-League campaign on a remarkable high after outplaying Siem Reap-based Soltilo Angkor 2-0 at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday to remain within striking distance of the top of the table in third.

While the sports news before the start of the six-game card for the weekend was dominated by the return to Boeung Ket of star striker Chan Vathanaka after his somewhat disappointing stints in Japan and Malaysia, Visahka also enjoyed their share of the spotlight.

North Korean spearhead Choe Myong-ho, who made such a big impression with his prowess last season for Ministry of National Defense, has been serving his new employers equally well.

He struck both Visakha goals, the first moments before the break and the second deep in added time. In between those two strikes, there wasn’t much the visitors from Siem Reap could do to dent their rival’s dominance.

Western woes continue

So far it has been a season of weekly nightmares for Western Phnom Penh, who set another unwanted record by becoming the first team to concede more than 50 goals by the end of first round of matches.

Having suffered a galling 10-1 thrashing by Naga last week, Western were beaten out of sight 8-0 by Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng at Svay Rieng Stadium, to help the trouble-torn host side regain some composureTrevin Caesar and Shane Booysen bagged hat-tricks, while Tray Vichet and Kheang Meng Hour added one each.

Goals from Atushi Shirota, Jonny Campbell, Ouk Sovann, Sunny Jane and Sin Kakada helped Phnom Penh Crown overcome hosts Angkor Tiger 5-2 at Siem Reap Stadium.

Chhom Pisa and Soeth Narith got on the scoresheet for the Tigers.

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