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Crown batter BBU, Boeung Ket prevail in Naga battle

Boeung Ket Rubber Field’s Chan Vathanaka (right) slots one home during their Metfone C-League match against Naga Corp
Boeung Ket Rubber Field’s Chan Vathanaka (right) slots one home during their Metfone C-League match against Naga Corp at Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Sreng Meng Srun

Crown batter BBU, Boeung Ket prevail in Naga battle

A ruthlessly efficient display by former champions Phnom Penh Crown netted them a 5-0 win over Build Bright United as the traffic flowed one-way in their Metfone C-League tie at Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Coach Sam Schweingruber’s men took the break with a four-goal cushion and nailed the fifth late in the second half to complete the rout.

The margin would have been even more depressing for BBU, who went down to Naga by a similar scoreline in their previous game, had it not been for two more Crown goals disallowed for off-side and a few timely saves by BBU keeper Sos Proshim.

All the familiar failings returned to haunt the University-backed side as Crown’s swift passing game worked to a nicety.

After the first 20 minutes of some intense probing, Crown’s first success came through a penalty earned by a nippy Leng Makara. A dash into the box called for a desperate challenge from Plong Chanthou, who brought the attacker down.

With supreme confidence, Khim Borey placed the spotkick into the corner of the net, giving the BBU keeper no earthly chance.

The rest of the Crown attacking force picked up the momentum and Newton Ben Katanha fired the next even as George Bisan got into the score-sheet and Leng Makara ensured that the lemon time would be most enjoyable for the side.

BBU’s Heng Sokly (right) and PP Crown’s Bin Chantha Thierry contest a header during their Metfone C-League game
BBU’s Heng Sokly (right) and PP Crown’s Bin Chantha Thierry contest a header during their Metfone C-League game yesterday. Sreng Meng Srun

There was no relief for BBU in the second session as well and they could hardly come out of their own half for any adventures at the other end.

Bisan, who kept harassing the BBU backline no end, struck in the 84th minute to complete his double. Substitute Nov Soseila narrowly missed the mark twice in the closing stages and BBU could only count them as a blessing and nothing else on a day when they could hardly get anything right.

Saturday’s star attraction at the same venue produced a 2-1 win for Boeung Ket Rubber Field over their arch rivals Naga Corp, helping the 2012 champions to overcome the frustration of two successive defeats.

Boeung Ket’s midfield live wire Chan Vathanaka provided a dream start with a second-minute strike and Dutchman Elroy van der Hooft doubled the lead in the 17th minute to give the Kampong Cham side a marked advantage.

Naga chased hard and true but despite their best effort they came up short, the only consolation being Choun Chum’s 84th minute goal.

In the late evening encounter, Western University and Kirivong Sok Sen Chey settled for a 1-1 draw.

The visitors from Takeo nosed ahead in the 20th minute through their foreign signing Carlos Alberto Santos de Deus only to see that slender lead neutralised in the 57th minute by David Njoku.

Away at the Old Stadium on Saturday, Sam Vandeth’s intuitive substitution paid handsome dividends as Hoy Phallin scored the only goal of the match for defending champions Svay Rieng that floored the hitherto unbeaten TriAsia 1-0.

Barely a minute after taking the pitch, Phallin polished off a sequential move to find the net at the hour mark, taking the fight right to the TriAsia camp.

Despite enjoying major share of the exchanges, TriAsia’s less than effective finishing brought about their downfall.

“They made two very good attempts and clicked with one. But we had so many chances and we failed to convert into goals the advantage we had in space and possession,” TriAsia coach Daisuke Yoshioka told the Post.

In the day’s second game, Ministry of National Defence and Asia Europe University drew 1-1. Phou Phereath’s goal for the Armymen looked good enough to give them their first win until Sok Sengtara came up with the equaliser for AEU.


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