National Police Commissary and Boeung Ket Rubber Field grabbed commendable wins over Naga Corp and Kirivong Sok Sen Chey respectively on Saturday in opening games of the 2012 Metfone C-League season at Olympic Stadium.
Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur, reigning Hun Sen Cup champions Preah Khan Reach missed out on the chance to play in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Malaysia FA Cup after succumbing to a stoppage time strike at the hands of SPA FC.
In the weekend’s other domestic matches played yesterday, Build Bright United took home all three points with victory over Chhlam Samuth while National Defense Ministry were held to a goalless draw by league debutants Western University.
Ten goals from nine players
Midfielder Tit Dina was the brace-bagging beau during the Police’s 4-2 trumping of Naga on Saturday to continue his side’s tradition of starting the campaign strongly.
Last year’s runners-up Naga were left kicking themselves after dominating around two-thirds of the game.
Naga striker Kob Isa became the first league scorer of 2012 with a neat finish off new Nigerian team-mate Badmus Bolaji’s pass in 14th minute.
However, moments later Tit Dina fired in a thunderbolt from 30 metres out to equalise for the Police.
In the 22nd minute, an expertly judged cross from Srey Udom allowed the midfielder to double his and his team’s tally.
Three minutes before the break, Nov Soseila chested the ball down and flicked to Sim Vutha, who scored the Police’s third goal.
In the second session, Chin Chum pegged one back for Naga from the penalty spot following a tug to the ground of forward Teab Vathanak inside the box.
Naga threw the kitchen sink at the Police in search of a leveler but to no avail.
The Police then restored their two-goal cushion just past the hour mark, when Noun Borey tapped in off a Nov Soseila’s freekick, and rode out their advantage to the final whistle.
Police coach Ung Kanyanith was delighted with his team’s performance. “Naga Corp are a strong team, so we focused on defending our area. But we always fought back when they were careless,” he said.
Meanwhile, Naga Corp coach Prak Sovannara was left ruing their plethora of wasted chances and costly slip ups at the back.
Saturday’s feisty clash of the two provincial clubs, Boeung Ket and Kirivong, will be bitterly remembered for referee Chi Samedy’s trio of dismissals.
Kirivong fielded new three Egyptian players in their starting line-up-goalkeeper Magdy Ab-dalla, striker Mohamed Zaki and midfielder Badry Meganed.
However, new promoted Boeung Ket, featuring numerous former Phnom Penh Crown players, grabbed the lead after just five minutes through a 25-metre strike by Momoh Sumaila, who played for Naga Corp last term.
Controversy began in the 38th minutes, as Zaki was sent off after an altercation with Lor Pichseila, which took five minutes to settle. In the ensuing time added on in the first half, Keo Sokngorn scored a second for Boeung Ket.
After the interval, Kirivong converted a spotkick before Nwakuna Friday sealed their fate to see the game finish 3-1 to the newcomers.
Kirvong’s Touch Sok Heng and Boeung Ket’s Yorb Roma were sent off by the inexperienced Chi Samedy, whose decisions came under fierce criticism.
BBU start season brightly
Build Bright United maintained their 2-0 lead throughout the second half of their match yesterday to claim the spoils from Chhlam Samuth.
Former Cambodian national futsal team member Ouk Serey Ratanak opened the scoring on 34th, with Pich Seiha quickly adding another.
On 67 minutes, Phin Pheara got his marching orders for a second bookable offence, though the Sea Sharks failed to take advantage of extra manpower.
In yesterday’s late kickoff, Phlong Chanthou and Chhin Chhoeun squandered guilt-edged opportunities for National Defence as Western stoutly defended their half, even when reduced to 10 men due to a Raymond Etim red card in the second half.