NELSON Oladiji's somersault celebration capped an outstanding second-half performance as he rifled in Khemara Keila's fifth goal in time added on, against Navy side Phouchung Neak, who were well and truly sunk without a trace in their CPL game Sunday that ended 5-0.
Phouchung goalkeeper Sor Sophea kept Khemara's hungry strike force at bay until the 41st minute, when his defence was finally breached, as Oladiji's header looped over him from Chan Veasna's free kick. Up until that point, Sor Sophea's one-man show had denied Oladiji, Kouch Sokumpheak and David Adeyinka when it really seemed easier to score. Phouchung new boy Yaom Saromthan caused the Khemara defense a few anxious moments, but failed to find the target.
After the interval, it was all one-way traffic, and the Navy team never managed another shot on goal. Instead, Khemara came on in wave after wave of attacks and on the hour, Kuoch Sokumpheak made it 2-nil. His low drive from out wide should've been stopped but somehow went straight under Sor Sophea's body.
On 75 minutes, Kuoch Sokumpheak robbed a defender, slotted it through to Oladiji, and his inch-perfect roll across the six-yard box was thumped home by a gleeful Chan Veasna.
With five minutes left on the clock, David Adeyinka was more than happy to accept a poor clearance, and he drilled a shot into the top corner from 15 yards out. All that was left was for Oladiji to wrap it up with his second goal of the game accompanied by some acrobatics.
Post Tel 3, Kirivong SSC 3
Play to the final whistle will be Kirivong Sok Sen Chey's new team motto after this amazing turnaround saw the points snatched away from Post Tel and their new coach Kao Nisay, who was visibly pulling his hair out when the ref blew for full time Sunday.
Throughout the match, play switched rapidly from end to end, though it looked as though Post Tel had made the more telling strikes, leading 3-1 until the last minute. It was then that Julius Chukwumeka rifled in a second goal for Kirivong and raced back to the centre-spot frantically waving his arms and encouraging his teammates to keep going. It worked a treat as Him Salam found space in the box with three minutes of injury time on the clock, and his well-taken goal was the cue for a mass celebration as the team from Takeo came back from the dead.
Both goalkeepers were called upon to keep the score 0-0 at the half-time break as each team went in search of that opening goal. It arrived five minutes into the second-half when Post Tel's Gafar Durosinmi sent his shot skidding across the face of goal and into the far corner.
Within four minutes, Touch Sokheng showed a touch of pure genius when he raced along the touchline, cut inside a defender, weaved his way into the penalty box and unleashed an unstoppable shot for Post Tel's second.
Kiriving were not to be outdone and after Samuel Oseika had two headers cleared off the goal line from a corner, Ouk Thorn lashed a shot into the roof of the net after great work on the bye line by Chukwumeka after 75 minutes.
No sooner had Kirivong reduced the deficit, then it was extended again with a well-struck penalty from Henri Bitga after Kirivong's goalkeeper Kem Makara had floored Durosinmi. That was the cue for Kiriviong's late late show, with Chukwumeka and Him Salam's goals sending the Takeo team into raptures.
Photos by Nick Sells (www.nicksellsphotography.com)