Sunday, April 11, 2010

Vatanak finds his touch

2-goal Teab Vatanak re-found his goalscoring form against the Army
With injuries affecting both sides before kick-off, the game could've disappointed but didn't. Instead the 2-2 draw was a fair result as both teams remain unbeaten in the Metfone C-League and were neck and neck throughout the 90 minutes. The Ministry of National Defense took the lead on 4 minutes with the goal of the season so far. Suong Virak danced his way around Samuel Oseika and swerved past two more defenders before guiding his low shot wide of keeper Mak Theara. A great piece of individual skill. Naga perked up and on 12 minutes were level with a confidence-boosting goal from Teab Vatanak. The striker has been out of sorts this season, so this first time swivel and shot from eight yards came as a welcome relief. Sin Dalin should've put the Army back in front when he raced away from the Naga backline but he dithered in rounding Mak Theara and Oseika got back to clear off the line. Five minutes after the break and Vatanak got a second goal for Naga, heading in Pho Sophy's cross. The Army showed their character and togetherness this season by pulling it back again, when Phuong Soksana darted in front of everyone to meet a corner with his flick header on 63 minutes. Honours even as the game petered out for the draw. The Army missed the injured trio of Nov Soseila, Khim Borey and Lorn Sotheara, whilst Sun Sovanrithy's knee injury kept him out of Naga's team. Om Thavrak was lucky to stay on the pitch after a tangle of legs with Sin Dalin on 11 minutes. The Naga stopper, who has handed over the skipper's armband to Sovanrithy this season, aimed a kick at Dalin's head but missed, which the referee also failed to spot.
The Army took the lead and then had to fight back in the 2nd half
Naga got their noses in front but had to hang on to the 2-2 draw

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