Monday, May 10, 2010

Sokngorn to the rescue

Teenage wonderkid Keo Sokngorn grabbed the only goal of Crown's 1-0 success on Sunday
Often touted as the wonderkid of Cambodian football, Keo Sokngorn confirmed once again how important he is to Phnom Penh Crown's championship ambitions with the only goal of the game against a spirited Kirivong team on Sunday. With both teams reduced to almost walking pace under the red-hot sun and still reeling after Saturday's on-field tragedy, the game was far from being a classic, though Crown's win takes them back to top spot in the Metfone C-League. It was teenager Sokngorn who was the difference and netted the only goal on 38 minutes. He'd already struck the post when he whipped, first-time, a pass from Hong Makara that beat the despairing dive of the Kirivong keeper to nestle in the far corner. A good move and a classy finish from the likeable utility player. Up front for Crown, Prince Justine had a fairly quiet game by his standards whilst Kirivong looked toothless against a less than mobile Crown back-four. With the Army losing to BBU the day before, Crown return to head the league table. The teams and spectators observed a half-minute silence for Wilson Mene before the game began.
Phnom Penh Crown take to the field in another new kit on Sunday
Kirivong line up under the oppressive sun
The two skippers meet before kick off. Kirivong's keeper Keum Makara (18) and Crown's Thul Sothearith.

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