Striker Chan Vathanaka fed his voracious appetite for goals this season with a hat-trick as 2012 champions Boeung Ket Angkor cut down Cambodian Mines Actions Center 5-1 to record their eighth successive win in the Metfone C League at the National Football Centre in Bati yesterday.
Following his five against Asia Europe United last week, Vathanaka drilled out his first in the 18th minute and was back to his assailing best late in the game to add two more in a span of eight minutes. Khoun Laboravy and Sok Pheng cushioned the Boeung Ket advantage to leave CMAC totally shattered.
The treble took Vathanaka’s Golden Boot bid to 19 goals, six ahead of Phnom Penh Crown’s Bisan George
Boeung Ket’s attempt to stretch their clean sheets to six out of eight matches, however, was ruined by CMAC’s 75th minute goal, although one that was to be wholly inadequate.
The brighter side of Boeung Ket’s win saw the side’s goal count soar to more than any other team at 36, while eight matches have cost them only six goals.
Though Boeung Ket lead the table on better goal difference they are level on points with Phnom Penh Crown, who also won their eighth game on the trot at their own RSN Stadium on Wednesday.
A 33rd minute goal by the versatile striker Shane Booysen settled the argument in favour of the five-time champions against Build Bright United.
While the victory kept Crown momentum going, the side was jolted by defender Ngoy Srin’s heavy fall moments before the final whistle, sustaining a possible fractured arm.
Naga turnaround Hit by a string of poor results in the past few weeks, Nagaworld were looking for some cheer when they clashed with a robust National Defence Ministry at the Bati Centre yesterday.
Coach Meas Channa could afford a big sigh of relief after goals from Barry Lelouma and Kim Borey were good enough to hold back MND 2-1 after the Army men had threatened a late rally.
In Wednesday’s other matches, Svay Rieng secured a home win against Kirirvong Sok Sen Chey 2-1, while last year’s Hun Sen Cup winners National Police moved up to a distant third after outplaying Western Phnom Penh 3-0.