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Teams make it or break it in cup ties

Teams make it or break it in cup ties

Yesterday’s fallout from the 2011 Hun Sen Cup saw three teams qualify for the next round, while five sides slumped out.

In group C, tournaments heavyweights Preah Khan Reach scored, well a score, against a starstruck Preah Vihear. Half of the team’s 20 goals were registered by national team striker Khoun Laboravy, who has now struck a dozen in the competition.

Also in group C, division A1 club Chhlam Samuth confirmed their progression to the last 16 stage with a 10-0 trouncing of Kratie. Preah Vihear and Kratie have been eliminated and will play each other tomorrow for consolation only.

Group G favourites Naga Corp managed a 2-0 dispatch of Takeo to signify their advance, while Kep crashed out after their 6-0 drubbing by Preah Sihanouk Autonomous Port.

Banteay Meanchey from group A and Kandal from group E both saw their dreams of making the Phnom Penh rounds disappear yesterday with losses to Mekong Kampuchea University and Stung Treng respectively. Chhma Khmao and Western University played out the Cup’s first goalless stalemate in Prey Veng yesterday.   

On Sunday, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey hitman In Vichheka shot to the top of the scorers chart by netting 11 of his team’s 16 goals against provincial minnows Kampong Speu. It was the striker’s 14th goal of the competition after his hat-trick past Koh Kong Friday.

Sunday’s most gripping contest came in the Kampot v Koh Kong group H clash. Having lost their first game, Koh Kong kept themselves in the race with a 2-1 victory. Un Sopheak scored the last gasp winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

National team pin-up Kouch Sokumpheak notched another two goals as Phnom Penh Crown eliminated hosts Kampong Thom Sunday with a 6-1 thrashing. Sokumpheak had come up against his elder brother and opposite number Sovireak in the match.

Newly founded club Neak Khiev from Kampong Cham kept their hopes for qualification alive via a 5-2 win over Siem Reap side Baksey Chamkrong.

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