National Police Commissary’s Long Nasy (centre) lifts the ball over Chhlam Samuth keeper Pech Rovin Yothin to score his second goal during their game yesterday. Photo by: SRENG MENG SRUN
National Police Commissary ran out resounding 4-1 winners over Chhlam Samuth yesterday, in no small part thanks to a blistering hat-trick from striker Long Nasy.
It took until 40 minutes for the Police to get off the mark at Olympic Stadium, with Long Nasy hitting a viciously dipping free kick that forced Sea Sharks keeper Pech Rovin Yothin to fumble the ball into the net.
Just after the restart, Chhlam Samuth drew things level through midfielder Ayodele Silva. Parity was short-lived, however, as Man Ritavann pushed the Police back in front just moments later.
With three minutes to play, a cross from Ngoun Chansothea picked out Long Nasy, who expertly beat two defenders to supply a deft dink over the goalkeeper and give his side a comfortable cushion.
Long Nasy squandered a chance to complete his treble with seconds remaining in regulation time, but the final whistle was sufficiently delayed to allow him a third in the 93rd minute.
Pech Rovin Yothin misjudged a long ball towards the area and Long Nasy controlled and rounded the keeper with competent ease.
Police defenders Touch Pancharong and Say Piseth gave sterling performances to thwart the efforts of the Sea Sharks’ Nigerian stars Paul Olabode and Sanny Dauda, while stopper Hun Sarith made some fine saves.
Army club move up to fifth
National Defence Ministry (MND) leapfrogged Kirivong Sok Sen Chey into fifth place in the Metfone C-League table yesterday with a 3-1 victory over bottom club Rithy Sen.
Former Kirivong midfielder Meak Chhordaravuth whipped the ball in from the left for captain Oum Kumpheak to score for the Army team after six minutes.
Three minutes later, another Kiri-vong graduate, Pov Phearith, added to the Army tally off a centre by right back Pheak Rady.
MND forward Phoung Soksana, who had replaced Soeung Chanvanno early in the second session, made the scoreline 3-0 with a 49th-minute strike.
With the game beyond doubt, Obiawuchi Okwuchukwu managed to peg one back for the Kampong Chhnang-based team from the penalty spot with just two minutes of play remaining.
Rithy Sen mifielder Thiv Soph-earom and striker Raymond Esin showed promise during the match, but they couldn’t overcome some stout defending by Pheak Rady and Khek Khemarin.
Esin saw two of his shots stopped by Army goalkeeper Oum Vicheth.