After the completion of gameweek 14, Phnom Penh Crown jumped ahead of Ministry of National Defence to second place in the Metfone C-League standings following the team’s 6-3 win over Electricite du Cambodge at the Svay Rieng Stadium on Sunday night.
Preah Khan Reach extended their lead at the top of the table to 31 points on Saturday evening after downing the Army 3-2 at the same venue.
The shake-up behind the leaders saw Crown get to 27 points, level with Army.
But a better goal difference gave the six-time league champions the second position going into a month-long league break for the national team’s campaign in the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia.
NagaWorld slipped back to fourth just ahead of Boeung Ket Angkor after the sides settled for a 1-1 draw.
Crown got off to a flying start with South Korean Gisung Yeon firing the first goal as early as the 10th minute.
In as much time, Kok Boris, Shane Booysen and Brak Thiva got their names onto the scoresheet to leave the hosting Electricitymen shellshocked.
However, EdC showed remarkable resilience in adversity. In a quick turnaround, Rotha converted a penalty to trigger a partial recovery in the 27th minute. Nine minutes later Chhom and Saray slashed the Crown lead to 4-3.
As time ticked towards the breather, Boris was back to stretch the lead to 5-3, and 10 minutes before the end he completed his well-deserved hat-trick to ensure a comfortable win for Crown.
In sharp contrast to the goal glut in Svay Rieng, neither Commissary of National Police nor Asia Euro United managed to put the ball into the net at Old Stadium.
The goalless draw saw Police stay in sixth place, with 17 points, while AEU sit at ninth with 14 points.