National Police Commissary snatched back top spot off overnight leaders Naga Corp in the Metfone C-League standings yesterday, thanks to a single point from their 0-0 draw with National Defence Ministry at Olympic Stadium.
Reigning champions Phnom Penh Crown, meanwhile, continued their fightback for another title defence with a storming 4-1 win against early whipping boys Chhlam Samuth.
Police hold on to their league lead via a two-goal advantage in goal difference over Naga, while Crown leapt up to fourth, and a vital place in the Super 4 playoffs.
Chhlam Samuth stay rooted to the foot of the table after losing their fourth fixture on the spin.
PKR’s eight-month unbeaten run ends
In Saturday’s blockbuster match-up, Naga Corp gained sweet revenge for their 2012 Hun Sen Cup final defeat at the hands of Preah Khan Reach by triumphing 2-1.
A 43rd-minute strike by Kob Isa was doubled on the hour mark by red-hot frontman Choun Chum, as the Cup champions managed just a single goal in response on 80 minutes by Prak Mony Odom.
PKR, who were clearly missing the attacking presence of national team hero Khoun Laboravy, fell to their first competitive defeat on home soil since August 28 last year, when they were beaten 1-0 in a championship clinching victory for Phnom Penh Crown.
Laboravy had picked up an injury to his right ankle during their March 24 game against Chhlam Samuth.
Naga have now won their last four Metfone C-League encounters against the Military Police-backed club.
Later on Saturday, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey blasted away Western University 3-0 to record their first win of the season.
Nigerian striker Ibrahim Ishola played a telling role on his debut, adding to his side’s tally just after the restart following their sixth minute opener by Heng Koemhoung.
Egyptian signing Rada Badry put the icing on the cake for the Takeo team with a goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
The result lifted Kirivong out of the relegation zone.