Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Solar FC shine brightest in league final

Solar FC shine brightest in league final

Solar FC shine brightest in league final


Solar FC ran out 4-2 victors over Crossroads in Battambang Saturday in the grand final of the 2009 Hello Adult League.

BATTAMBANG

Solar FC began their 2009 Hello Adult League final Saturday at Battambang’s Institute of Technology at a cracking pace. Indeed, the Crossroads defence was breached three times in the first four mintues to send the game to a predictable conclusion.

Solar striker Chhnon Sothea opened the scoring in the first minute with a beautifully struck shot from distance that flew beyond keeper Tit Engsrouns’ reach. One minute later Oem Sophors doubled Solar’s lead, taking full advantage of diabolical defending to tip the ball over the line from close range. Loaded with self-esteem, it was Oem Sophors who scored again to make it 3-0 for his side.

Despite the calamitous opening minutes, Crossroads kept on trying. However, Solar keeper Tep Manith was in fine form to deny his opponents an answer in the first half.

In the second half, the pace of Solar striker Lim Kidory took Crossroads by surprise, with a foul just outside the penalty area their only solution to halt him. Lim Kidory took the freekick himself, which deflected off the wall to flatfoot the keeper and make the score an ominous 4-0 with 40 minutes left.

Ten minutes later, Crossroads were given a break by the referee in the form of a penalty which Nouv Sophal duly dispatched past Tep Manith.

Then, with a quarter of an hour remaining, Nouv Sophal netted his second to spark an unlikely comeback charge. However, the clock ticked away with no more goals scored, including a missed spotkick by Solar’s Thab Bunchen, and the match ended 4-2.

After the game, Solar FC were awarded the Hello Adult League trophy and US$600 prize money from sponsors Hello phone company. Sam Mary, the invited guest from the provincial government of Battambang, gave a congratulatory speech to the team, also thanking Sam Schweingruber, the director of the SALT Academy in Battambang, for organising the league.

Spectators also gave warm applause to beaten finalists Crossroads, who received $350. $200 also went to Baitong FC who beat Jerusalem in the playoff.

Jerusalem left with nothing but disappointment, after providing a spirited comeback from 4-0 after half an hour, to end the game 7-6.

Crossroads hotshot Um Tola was awarded the Golden Boot as the topscorer of the Hello Adult League, with a total of 21 goals over nine games.
KCD Rangers collected the fair play prize.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman