Saturday, February 27, 2010
After the Lord Mayor's Show
The second of the Hun Sen Cup semi-finals this afternoon was a case of After the Lord Mayor's Show, with Preah Khan Reach the clear favourites to beat the boys from the Ministry of National Defense, but the tables were turned when the Army ran out 1-0 victors. But it wasn't exactly a game to remember. In Samreth Seiha, MND have the country's top keeper and his safe handling and two worthy saves in the 2nd half ensured his team kept a clean sheet, his reaction stop to deny Sam El Nasa's close range effort was the pick of the game. MND grabbed their match winning goal on 27 minutes when teenager Oum Kumpheak stole in at the far post to rifle home a corner from Suong Virak. It was a fitting strike from the U23 international, who stood out amongst his peers in this game. The closest PKR came to levelling was a Khuon Laboravy free-kick that rebounded back off the crossbar, but to be frank they looked toothless and bereft of ideas and the Army march onto next weekend's final. Judging by their post match celebrations, you got the hint that they were a teeny bit pleased.