Monday, June 14, 2010

Chukie tops the list

Kirivong's Vietnamese signing Lam Thang Giang opened the scoring on Saturday
Better late than never, here are the details of Saturday's Metfone C-league games. First up were the league leaders BBU against Kirivong, who had added some new faces to their squad. BBU were hit by a double sucker punch early doors when Lam Thang Giang tried his luck from 30 yards and succeeded, with Julius Chukwumeka doubling their advantage soon after. BBU thought they'd scored but Chan Veasna's long range chip didn't get the thumbs up from the blind linesmen and play was waved on, despite the ball striking the cross-bar and clearly landing behind the goal-line. I'm not an advocate for goal-line technology but even the most one-eyed fan could see it was a goal. It was just one decision that Khuon Virak, the referee, got wrong in the game. Hem Simay, the BBU keeper ran 60 yards to remonstrate with the officials and was still fuming as they left the field at half-time, with the linesman using the referee as his protective shield against Simay's venom. By that time the game was in the bag for Kirivong. They'd increased their lead on the half hour when Simay twice clattered into In Vichheka and Chukwumeka coolly slotted home the penalty kick. It was his 11th goal of the season and took him to the top of the scoring charts. By way of evening things up, referee Virak sent off Kirivong's combative skipper Tes Sophat just before the interval for what he saw as a dive, but what I saw as a simple collision. To be honest I think the referee and I were watching two different games. BBU's new recruit Nelson Oladiji poked in a consolation goal just after the restart but it was the pace and trickery of Kirivong's new Vietnamese import Tran Cong Danh who ended the game in great style. He was the quickest thing on two legs this weekend and if he maintains that form, he'll be one to watch in the second half of the season. He left defenders and the keeper for dead to score two minutes from time and then goaded Ung Marady into a rash challenge that saw him get a straight red card. BBU had already lost Rim Bunhieng to a red card ten minutes from time for a second bookable offence. With this 4-1 win, Kirivong set out their stall for the 2nd round of the league campaign whilst BBU will need to recover quickly if their challenge is to be maintained.
Kirivong hope Saturday's win will kick-start their league season. Top scorer Julius Chukwumeka is back row, far left, shirt no 7.
League leaders BBU were brought down to earth with a bump, and a 4-1 reversal
One of Kirivong's best players, In Vichheka with his D'Artagnan haircut and goatee
Preah Khan were the latest team to hand out a thrashing to no-hopers Chhma Khmao on Saturday, with a 5-1 walkover win. It was all one-way traffic and with more accuracy, PKR couldn't reached double figures quite easily. Tum Saray opened the floodgates, Black Cat's defender Pao Ratha added to their woes with an own goal and then Khuon Laboravy continued his rich vein of scoring to give PKR a three-goal half-time advantage. Although Meak Chhordaravuth netted for the strugglers just after the break, Devide Njoku successfully tried his luck from 25 yards and teenager Chan Vathanaka, scored another to enhance his growing reputation. It was all too easy for PKR to be honest, who moved above the Army into 4th spot.
Preah Khan eased to a straightforward 5-1 thrashing of Chhma Khmao on Saturday

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