Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Crown drown Sea Sharks, Kirivong smash in five

Crown drown Sea Sharks, Kirivong smash in five

Crown drown Sea Sharks, Kirivong smash in five

110509_27b
Kirivong’s Sunday Silva curls his shot past Rithy Sen keeper Oum Veasna to open the scoring. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Superior fire power carried the day for title holders Phnom Penh Crown as they stretched their lead at the top of the Metfone C-League standings on Saturday after an emphatic 2-0 victory over Chhlam Samuth at Olympic Stadium.

Very much against the odds and expectations, it had been a spirited three-match run for new comers Chhlam Samuth, but on the day the Sea Sharks were relatively toothless as Crown efficiently and effectively caged them into submission.  

However, it was the Sharks who threatened a strike first when Meas Sophanna found the range but not the reach. The reigning champions responded instantly with a decisive counter. A moment of distraction in the backline led to a snap goal by Kouch Sokumpheak in the 29th minute, signalling the talented striker’s welcome return to goal scoring ways.

The growing anxiety in the Chhlam Samuth camp was quite evident even as Crown pressed home their advantage with some sharp moves after the breather.

Just when the Sharks were recovering their poise, with crafty midfielder Abosede Olab displaying his skills of control and distribution, in came a nasty challenge on Crown frontliner Chan Chaya by impetuous goalkeeper Sam Chamroeun. The U19 national team recruit timed his advance so poorly that he ended up with a yellow card and conceded a penalty. Captain Tieng Tiny sent Chamroeun the wrong way with a calm finish and Crown were looking for a quick wrap up.

With the equation on the pitch loaded in their favour, Crown’s Croatian coach Bojan Hodak slipped in teenager Hong Peng for his league debut in replacement of Sokhumpeak. After a long and anxious wait the youngster could not have hoped for a better setting, though he couldn’t come up with anything spectacular.

At the end of the game, Sharks management said the team were disappointed but not downhearted. There was some cheer that the midfield had again been manned efficiently by Olab, striking a good rapport with fellow Nigerian Sanny Dauda who came up with several pleasing drive ins and a couple of sharpish shots.

With victory Crown moved to 10 points at the summit, while Chhlam Samuth remained on seven points.

Kirivong stun Rithy Sen 5-0
Metfone C-League freshers Rithy Sen are fast acquiring a reputation as the whipping boys of the 2011 season. With just one goal to show for all their troubles and three heavy defeats, the tail-enders plunged to another low, this time a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Kirivong Sok Sen Chey in Saturday’s late game.

Nigerian hitman Sunday Silva played a pivotal role, opening the scoring on 42 minutes and collecting his second after the break. Fellow countryman Nelson Oladiji netted his own brace in the second half, while Ouk Thorn rounded off the rout just past the hour mark.

The change of ends was a total change of fortune for Kirivong as Sunday and Oladiji came tellingly into the fold, often scattering the Rithy Sen defence. But for another bold display by Rithy Sen goalkeeper Oum Veasna, who even took a hard blow on his face from Sunday’s boot, the scoreline would have been even more galling for the Kampong Chhnang based side.

The only blot for Kirivong on an otherwise satisfying day was the marching orders given to Heng Kim Houng for two yellow cards.

Amid the overwhelming images of Rithy Sen scurrying for cover from Kirivong attacks most of the time, there was one notable effort worth recalling. A powerful freekick from Pov Phearith rammed the crossbar early in the game.

Missed chances like these hardly make up for the misery on the pitch, as the league newcomers found out to their chagrin. As Kirivong moved up to second step up in the standings to with seven points over Saturday night, Rithy Sen bottomed out the table.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia rejects UN rights claim

    Cambodia's Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva on Friday hit back at David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression after he raised concerns over the repression of free speech and

  • Snaring may spawn diseases

    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned that snaring of animals has become a crisis that poses a serious risk to wildlife in Southeast Asia and could spawn the transmission of zoonotic diseases to humans. Its July 9 report entitled Silence of the Snares: Southeast Asia’

  • Ex-party leader, gov’t critic named as secretary of state

    A former political party leader known for being critical of the government has been appointed secretary of state at the Ministry of Rural Development, a royal decree dated July 9 said. Sourn Serey Ratha, the former president of the Khmer Power Party (KPP), told The Post

  • Residence cards set for over 80,000 immigrants

    The Ministry of Interior plans to grant residence cards to more than 80,000 immigrants to better keep track of them. The ministry announced the plan on July 10, following the results of an immigration census. “An inter-ministerial committee and many operational working groups have been set up

  • Kingdom produces PPE gear

    Medical supplies from Cambodia have been donated to member countries of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to assist in the fight against Covid-19, said an ADB report published on July 9. The report stated that the supplies were donated as a response to global efforts to

  • Kingdom, US vow stronger ties

    At an academic forum on Saturday to celebrate 70 years of Cambodia-US diplomatic ties, Cambodian researchers and officials expressed hope of encouraging US investments and for that country to deepen and improve its bilateral relations. Held at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, it reviewed the past 70

  • Fifteen Cambodians from Saudi get Covid-19

    The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 15 more imported cases of Covid. The 15 men ‒ all Cambodian aged 21 to 33 ‒ arrived from Saudi Arabia on Friday via a connecting flight in Malaysia. They were travelling with 79 other passengers, three of them women. The ministry said 80 of the

  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Kingdom eyes India FTA, China deal set for August

    Cambodia is studying the possibility of establishing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with India to open a new market with the second-largest regional economy. This comes as an FTA with China is scheduled to be signed next month while similar negotiations with South Korea

  • Judge lands in court after crashing into alleged thief

    Sen Sok district police on Thursday sent a Koh Kong Provincial Court judge to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on manslaughter charges after he crashed his car into a woman riding a motorbike on Wednesday, killing her. District police chief Hour Meng Vang told The