A 10-3 demolition by Svay Rieng on Saturday at the Old Stadium in their Metfone C-League match against Asia Europe University secured their place in the Super 4 play-offs in emphatic fashion, while a 0-0 draw between Phnom Penh Crown and Kirivong Sok Sen Chey at Olympic Stadium saw the latter effectively drop out of the race for the remaining spot.
Naga Corp and Build Bright United feature in matches this afternoon, with results determining which side will qualify to face Boeung Ket Rubber Field in the play-offs semifinal next weekend.
In today’s early kick-off at 2pm at Olympic Stadium, reigning champions and league leaders Boeung Ket have the opportunity to deny Naga a chance to play them twice in successive weeks. Naga can guarantee fourth place with a win, but a loss or draw will force them to sweat out the following game at 4pm between BBU and Ministry of National Defence.
BBU are currently a point behind both Naga and Kirivong but have a sizeable deficit in goal difference. Kirivong, who are based out of Takeo province, require a BBU loss or draw to the Army side as well as Naga getting defeated by 11 goals.
Svay Rieng and AEU produced a game flush with goals on Saturday that helped the Military Police-backed club reclaim second spot from Crown going into the play-offs.
With the exact same points total and goal difference, Svay Rieng’s 50 goals scored bettered Crown’s 36 to ensure they would switch places with the team they are set to clash with in next Saturday’s semis for a place in the July 20 final.
Another timely boost for Svay Rieng was a foul-goal haul for hotshot striker Khoun Laboravy, who came off the bench to claim his 18th goal of the season, overtaking Boeung Ket’s Bisan George on 17 in the scoring charts.
Both players will have at least one more chance to add to their tallies this campaign and capture the Golden Boot. Kirivong’s Friday Nwakuna is to finish on 16 goals.
Svay Rieng’s Nop Tola opened the scoring on six minutes with Tum Saray then doubling their lead on the half hour mark.
Prak Mony Odom and Nop Tola tagged on two more goals as Tum Saray was pulled off for Khoun Laboravy, while Chhang Hay finally answered for AEU with a strike a minute before the break.
Chhang Hay pegged another one back shortly after the restart, but Laboravy was in no mood for mercy as he plundered four goals in the space of 22 minutes. Chea Samnang also got his name on the scoreboard and Nop Tola completed his own commendable hat-trick, as AEU’s Thorn Darapich rounded off the goalfest with a last-minute consolation.
Prior to the Crown-Kirivong stalemate at Olympic Stadium, National Police Commissary gave the boys from Senate Secretariat their final whipping of 2013 with a 5-1 defeat.
Noun Borey netted a hat-trick and Thak Pathdy and Japanese player Takahito Ota also providing contributions. Ty Bunvichet was Senate’s solitary scorer.