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Leaders Crown, Boeung Ket stumble to first defeats

MND’s Pom Daraing goes past Crown’s Kouch Dani at the Old Stadium on Wednesday.
MND’s Pom Daraing goes past Crown’s Kouch Dani at the Old Stadium on Wednesday. Sreng Meng Srun

Leaders Crown, Boeung Ket stumble to first defeats

After an unbeaten run of 14 weeks of Metfone C League action, frontrunners Phnom Penh Crown and Boeung Ket Angkor stumbled to their first defeats, ironically, at the same venue on consecutive days.

While Boeung Ket Angkor went down 3-2 to 2014 Hun Sen Cup runners-up Build Bright United yesterday, Crown were beaten fair and square 3-0 by a robust Ministry of National Defence on Wednesday.

Just before the break, Olatubosun Joseph took BBU to the front, and minutes after the restart Reng Bunheang doubled the lead to force the 2012 champs onto the back foot.

Though seasoned national striker Khuon Laboravy reduced the burden within moments, as the hour mark approached Momoh Dugule Sumaila made it 3-1.

Fighting desperately hard to save the day, Boeung Ket’s persistence seemed to have paid off when Sok Sovan managed to inject some hope with a 79th minute strike. But that was as far as Boeung Ket could get.

This was Boeung Ket’s first loss in 15 games, following 12 wins and two draws. They are still one point behind Crown in the league, though they have a game in hand – against MND – a fixture that was postponed on August 16.

On Wednesday, MND had shattered Crown’s unbeaten streak by comprehensively beating the five-time champions.

The Army outfit’s seventh win of the season was fashioned by a second-half brace from Ke Vannak after Pov Phearith had given the side a 41st minute lead.

After 12 wins and three draws, this was the first reverse for Crown, who missed the services of Bin Thiery and Shane Booysen.

“I feel sorry for the fans who came to watch this game, who paid money to watch, I apologise to them, that was a very poor performance, not just the result but the overall performance was very very poor,’’ Crown head coach Sam Schweingruber said. “We’ll take some time to reflect on why so many players had a bad day.

At the time Boeung Ket were being put through the wringer by BBU, NagaWorld were dining merrily at the Olympic Stadium, helping themselves to an 8-2 win over Western Phnom Penh.

Away from these sensational twists, Cambodian Tiger FC quietly and efficiently notched up their ninth win, beating Kirivong Sok Sen Chey on Wednesday even as Asia Europe United swiftly left their disappointing performance against Crown behind to go on to a 3-1 win over Cambodian Mines Actions Center.