Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Naga strike to end Svay Rieng unbeaten run




Naga strike to end Svay Rieng unbeaten run

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Naga strike to end Svay Rieng unbeaten run

Naga World brought Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng’s nine-game unbeaten streak to an end with a 3-1 over the Metfone C-League leaders at the Svay Rieng Stadium in Saturday’s marquee matchup.

In the capital, a resurgent Ministry of National Defence battled back from a two-goal deficit to down Phnom Penh Crown at Old Stadium for a remarkable shake-up of the standings before the final round of matches in the first phase.

Away in Siem Reap, Cambodian Tiger got past Electricite du Cambodge 1-0 on the strength of Okereke Timothy’s 23rd minute goal.

Attention was equally divided between two venues as Svay Rieng hosted Naga and Army faced Crown on their own turf.

Naga unleashed their African strikeforce of Ugandan-Rwandan Atuheire Kipson (pictured, Sreng Meng Srun) and Nigerian George Kelechi. Kipson struck a brace before the break, while Kelechi made sure that the 2013 champs left pointless.

Svay Rieng’s late goal from substitute Chigozie Prinwill was too little too late to save the team’s unbeaten record this season.

Svay Rieng suffered their first defeat at the hands of Naga in some time, having beaten the casino-backed side three times between February 2015 and April 1 the following year.

While Naga were making merry in Svay Rieng, Army were one down against Crown after only 20 minutes when Keo Sokpheng’s cross was driven in by Brak Thiva.

Nine minutes later the pair were back to torment Army again but this time the roles were reversed, with Thiva shaking off a couple of defenders to find Sokpheng, who expertly slid the ball under the advancing Army keeper.

North Korean Choe Myong-ho found the mark from a Khek Khemarin pass four minutes before half-time.

Crown created several chances without making them count, but Army were relentless in their pursuit of an equaliser and it came in the 71st minute when Reung Bunheing exploited a corner that was left loose by Crown, who were soon dealt another blow when Chreng Polroth scored a long-range free kick.

Army’s hard-earned win took them level with Svay Rieng at the top of the table with 21 points.

Naga, with 18 points, leapfrogged Crown into clear third place and lead Boeung Ket Angkor by one point, though the defending champions have a game in hand against CMAC United.

MOST VIEWED

  • Vietnam: Tougher sentences for child abusers

    Several National Assembly (NA) deputies in Vietnam are calling for tougher penalties to be handed down to child abusers. They hope stricter punishments will act as a strong deterrent to prevent offenders committing further offences in the future. Extreme measures such as chemical castration were

  • Central bank to shun small US banknotes

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is considering not accepting smaller denominated US dollar banknotes – $1, $2 and $5 – from banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) which it said are flooding its stockpile as the demand for those notes is low. While some banking insiders welcomed the move as

  • PM lauded in Covid-19 fight

    World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen thanking him for following the WHO’s guidance and commending Cambodia’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19. In his letter made public by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Workers return, hope for salaries

    More than 600 factory workers in the capital’s Chaom Chao commune in Por Sen Chey district returned to work after the factory’s owner promised to pay their salaries in instalments until the middle of next month. On Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 600 workers gathered

  • Women detained for forcing kids to beg

    Two women were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday for forcing six children to beg for money for several months at the Chhouk Meas market in Krang Thnong commune in the capital’s Sen Sok district. Phnom Penh Department of Anti-human Trafficking and

  • Vietnamese tents baffle border guards

    Kandal and Takeo provincial authorities bordering Vietnam have expressed concern after witnessing irregularities by the Vietnamese authorities, including the deployment of soldiers to erect 114 camps just 30m from the border. Takeo provincial governor Ouch Phea told The Post on Thursday that Vietnamese soldiers had erected 83