Monday, June 21, 2010

2 more for Chukie

Kirivong line up in the sunshine before their 2-1 win
Game number two on Saturday was another thriller. Though the 2-1 defeat for the Army will be a bitter pill to swallow, their 4th straight defeat, they deserved a share of the spoils from this nail-biter with Kirivong Sok Sen Chey. The rain came down in a drizzle for the most part, until the last fifteen minutes when it came down in stair-rods, accompanied by thunder and lightning, leaving an inch of water on the playing surface. Impossible conditions but the teams played on, and that's when Kirivong won it. 2 minutes from time, Thong Oudom swung and missed his clearance, Tran Cong Danh's shot was half saved by Samreth Seiha but poacher Julius Chukwumeka followed up to bundle it over the line for the late winner. His second goal of the match and 13th of the season, and his team leap-frogged above the Army into fifth. It was Chukwumeka who'd opened his account two minutes before the interval when the linesman missed a blatant offside call and the red-hot striker lobbed the ball in from thirty yards. Referee Duong Socheat got an ear-bashing from the Army camp as the teams left the pitch. Sin Dalin latched onto a long-range Khim Borey pass to equalize just before the hour but it wasn't to be the Army's day.
The Army (Ministry of National Defense) boys line up before their thriller against Kirivong

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