Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Boring top of the table clash

BBU's new boy Nelson Oladiji scored his 2nd goal in as many games this afternoon
Top (Naga) played second place (BBU) in the Metfone C-League this afternoon in the bright sunshine at Olympic Stadium. We didn't get the blood and thunder top of the table clash I was hoping. It was pretty much a damp squib of a match to be honest. Nothing to get really excited about except two powerfully headed goals within 3 minutes of each other just after the half hour mark. And that was about it. There was some huffing and puffing, mostly from Naga who were the more offensive-minded of the two sides, though BBU had to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men after Thong Chankethya, the card-happy referee we all love to hate, did his favourite red card waving exercise for what looked like the merest of touches by Nhim Sovanara. He'd booked him earlier for bugger all as well. And that's the problem with this referee. He cautions too many players leaving himself with no leeway later on in matches. The goals came through new boy Nelson Oladiji for BBU who headed in a Chhun Sothearath corner on 35 minutes. In their next attack, Naga's Teab Vathanak rose majestically to power home his 12th goal of the season and put himself ahead of everyone else in the Golden Boot goalscorers chart. A lack of real goalmouth activity kept the score at 1-1 right until the end when Hem Simay pulled off a brilliant stop at the foot of the post to deny Kop Isa a last-gasp winner. Honours even and not much to write home about. Naga don't have the firepower they need to put away a team like BBU, and rely way too much on Vathanak, whilst the students may eke out a top 4 spot if they can frustrate teams like they did today.
Naga maintained their top spot in the C-League table ahead of a free weekend
BBU were reduced to 10-men but held out for a 1-1 draw against Naga

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