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No fear of the unknown in MCL season finale

Boeung Ket’s Khoun Labravy takes a shot at goal as Crown keeper Sou Yaty closes him down at Olympic Stadium
Boeung Ket’s Khoun Labravy takes a shot at goal as Crown keeper Sou Yaty closes him down at Olympic Stadium. Boeung Ket won the last encounter between the two clubs 3-1 on February 22. Sreng Meng Srun

No fear of the unknown in MCL season finale

The curtain is to come down this weekend on the 2014 Metfone C League season with very little competitive fervour left, and the final card of six games is of no more than academic interest.

Having sealed the Championship deal a fortnight ago with two games in hand, Phnom Penh Crown are required to merely go through the formality of passing the winning post before popping the champagne corks to celebrate their fifth title triumph.

Crown are four points ahead of Boeung Ket Rubber Field, who are a long way clear of the rest, and the two meet under the blazing lights at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday in what can only be expected to be a muted finale where the outcome bothers neither of them.

At the end of this contest, Crown would have regained their league supremacy they last enjoyed in 2011 and Boeung Ket, who won the title on debut in 2012, will have to rest content with the runners-up berth for the second year in a row after Svay Rieng dethroned them last year.

Crown’s eight-game winning run in the second half of the season was brought to an end last week by Svay Rieng and that first defeat in 16 games ought to harden the side’s resolve to end their campaign on a positive note.

Interestingly, Crown’s first reversal came at the hands of Boeung Ket, who have every reason to seek an encore as some form of recompense for losing out on the title fight.

Two-time champions Naga, who have had a disappointing second half of the seasobn are well placed to grab the remunerative third spot behind Crown and Boeung Ket. The 2009 Champions and last year’s Hun Sen Cup winners play bottom of the table Albirex Niigata. and unless the form book goes upside down, Naga should be home with all three points.

The pick of Saturday’s action at the Olympic Stadium is the clash between Ministry of National Defence and Svay Rieng, for who it will be their last 90 minutes as the reining champions.

A victory over the unpredictable Armymen will keep Svay Rieng in the hunt for third place but then they have to fervently hope for a Naga stumble against relegation certainty Albirex the next day.

There is not much at stake in the clash between Build Bright United and Western University. Away at the Old Stadium on Saturday, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey will play their last game as a Premier League team Asia Europe University. The visitors from Taeko have never had such a miserable campaign as this, exiting the MCL along with Albirex Niigata.

In a clash between mid-table teams, National Police take on TriAsia.

Weekend Schedule
SATURDAY
Old Stadium: AEU v Kirivong Sok Sen Chey (1.30pm);
National Police v TriAsia (3.30pm)
Olympic Stadium: MND v Svay Rieng (3.45pm);
BBU v Western University (6pm)

SUNDAY
Olympic Stadium: Albirex Niigata vs Naga (3.30pm);
Phnom Penh Crown vs Boeung Ket Rubber (6pm)

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