The frontrunning pair of Boeung Ket and NagaWorld kept their unbeaten records intact with contrasting wins against Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng and Soltilo Angkor respectively on Sunday, as the Metfone C-League season completed six weeks of action following an extended break in which Cambodia’s Young Warriors finished runners-up in the Asean region Hassanal Bolkiah U22 tournament in Brunei.
Naga shot to a 4-1 win over visitors from Siem Reap Soltilo on the back of a hat-trick from Sary Matnorotin at Old Stadium, to which the game was moved as Olympic Stadium was being used for upcoming National Games rehearsals.
Sos Suhana got Naga’s fourth after Soltilo’s Kento Fujihara had pulled one back.
In the late kick-off also at Old Stadium, South African Shane Booysen, who moved to Svay Rieng from Phnom Penh Crown this season, gave his new side a 13th-minute lead with a fierce free kick.
Boeung Ket left it late to get back into the game, with Brazilian Maycon Calijuri converting from the spot in the 84th minute following a foul by Svay Rieng defender Soeuy Visal.
Samuel Ajayi made it 2-1 three minutes later, and Julius Oiboh nailed a third in injury time to give Boeung Ket a stunning 3-1 comeback victory.
But in a blow to the defending champions, the Blue Dragon’s vastly experienced keeper Sou Yaty left the pitch approaching the hour mark with an aggravated thigh strain.
His place was taken by Kim Makara. It was announced after the game that Yaty may be out for two weeks.
With five wins and a draw apiece, Boeung Ket and Naga still jointly head the table on 16 points, with league newcomers Visakha, still enjoying a remarkable debut season, in third place on 13 points.
In Sunday’s other matches, Commissary of National Police copped a 4-0 thrashing away to Phnom Penh Crown, via an Ouk Sovann penalty in the 33rd minute and second-half goals from Sin Kakada and Atushi Shirota, with Sovann returning to complete his brace.
The two winless bottom sides, Electricite du Cambodge and Western Phnom Penh, met at Western Stadium. As it turned out, it was EDC who lost their unwanted record with a 2-0 win over Western, who now have the dubious distinction of losing all of their first six matches.