Two-time champions NagaWorld set up a final showdown with Phnom Penh Crown for the Metfone C League title after shutting out Boeung Ket Angkor 4-3 on aggregate despite their 1-2 loss in the second leg at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday evening.
The first leg of the title double header between Nagaworld and Crown will be played on November 22.
On the strength of their 3-1 first leg victory, Nagaworld stoically rode out their advantage after Boeung Ket led by two clear goals till well into the last 15 minutes of the game chasing desperately a scoreline of 3-0 that would have hauled them over the line.
In the end, Khun Laboravy’s goal in the added time before the first half and a penalty conversion by Chan Vathanaka in the 76th minute only added to the excitement on the pitch.
Nagaworld, not to be outdone, hit back in the 85th minute with a Kouch Sokumpheak goal to seal their rival team’s fate.
Runners up in the last two seasons after their league success on debut in 2012, Boeung Ket will now get down to the third place play off against Cambodian Tiger FC who were squarely beaten by Phnom Penh Crown in the first semifinal playoff.
The Naga camp heaved a collective sigh of relief after Sokhumpheak found the net from the top of the box with barely minutes left before regulation time, instantly dealing Boeung Ket a mortal blow.
Nagaworld coach Meas Channa was understandably overjoyed as he looked forward to bringing League glory back to the side after the 2009 triumph which he had played his part on the pitch as a player, rather than the sidelines as coach.
For coach Prak Sovanara, who assumed command of Boeung Ket earlier this year the end was a disappointing one after the team’s consistent showing during the league where the side unexpectedly lost to Build Bright United but otherwise enjoyed an unbeaten stint to head the standings.