Metfone Cambodian League club Svay Rieng FC arrived home on Saturday after they crashed out of the 2015 RHB Singapore Cup in the preliminary qualifying round last weekend. They were edged 2-1 by Singapore League champions Albirex Niigata at Jurong East Stadium on Friday.
Japanese striker Shotaro Ihata helped the home side take the lead in 17 minute before Cambodian side Svay Rieng fought back to equalise 1-1 after a goal from Tani Reijin on 26 minutes.
However, the winner from Atsushi Kawata of Albirex Niigata on 69 minutes destroyed their hopes to bring a team to play on their home soil in front of their own supporters.
With the result, Svay Rieng coach Sam Vandeth said: “Albirex played very well in all areas and our team also performed well but we slipped up in the second half, which gave the chance to the host side to score the winner.”