In a climax that had all the hallmarks of their sensational win over Svay Rieng last week, Western Phnom Penh dealt a similar injury time blow to former champions NagaWorld at the Western Stadium yesterday.
The only goal of the match, one that turned a seemingly inevitable goalless draw into an incredible Western victory, came four minutes into added time in bizarre fashion, with Mohammed Tijani benefiting massively from Naga goalkeeper Samrith Seiha rushing out, his charge appearing more out of desperation than design.
A seemingly innocuous run down the right flank by the Western striker took a turn for the better after Tijani avoided the onrushing Seiha near the edge of the box.
Until then it had been a game of missed chances for both sides. Barry Lelouma and Kouch Sokhumpeak had decent chances but Peng Bunchay in the Western goal stayed solid.
This was Western’s third win in five and NagaWorld’s second loss in as many games.
Defending champions Phnom Penh Crown charged to their fourth consecutive victory in the Mefone C League after their 2-0 home win over National Defence Ministry at the RSN Stadium in the Wednesday evening game.
Having played one game more than the hard chasing Boeung Ket Angkor FC, Crown top the table with 13 points.
After fighting hard for a breakthrough until well past the half-hour mark, Crown stormed into the lead when George Bisan headed home a corner kick from Matnorotin on the 37th minute, and the lead was doubled moments before the break when Shane Booysen finished Va Sokhtorn’s assist.
The second half saw Crown comfortably hold on to their advantage, although they failed to convert a couple of promising chances.
Wednesday’s other matches saw Kirivong Sok Sen Chey suffer another big defeat following their 12-2 hammering by Boeung Ket Angkor.
This time Kirivong went down 6-2 to Cambodian Tiger FC at the Bati Center.
Japanese striker Yoshihara Masato led the way for Tiger FC with a hat-trick, the third of which came from the penalty spot, while compatriot Kihara Masakazu, coming off the bench, bagged a brace.
Mao Bunchantha also got into the scoresheet.
The Kirivong goals came from Em Phanna and Ek Sopheap.
At the Old Stadium, Asia Europe United defeated Cambodian Mines Action Center 5-2 on the back of a treble from George Kelechi Stanley.
Substitute Reo Nakamura and Sreng Leangsor also scored one each for AEU.
For CMAC, Janzen Anthony and Timothy Chimerie were on target.