Sunday, June 20, 2010
Entertainment in the rain
Metfone C-League results last night. Maybe it was something to do with the god awful weather that blighted both matches. It rained cats and dogs during the early stages of the entertaining 2-2 draw between two of the league's relegation candidates Prek Pra and Wat Phnom, that ended in a heap of controversy, mainly to do with match referee Khuon Virak. He incurred the wrath of the Prek Pra coach in particular for sending off Philip Ali in the final seconds after the Nigerian defender had earned his team a point with an equalizing header, for an off the ball incident that no-one except the linesman saw, or thought he saw. It was referee Virak's third red card in the game, more of that later. In the 2nd game, the Army and Kirivong also turned on the entertainment tap at full blast and produced a thriller. 2 minutes from time, as the teams played in what were impossible conditions as the persistent rain became a thunderstorm and the pitch more akin to water-polo than football, Kirivong's Julius Chukwumeka pounced for the match winning goal, and his second, to give Kirivong a 2-1 win, which was very harsh on their Army opponents. the win takes Kirivong into 5th spot, moving ahead of the Army. And for Chukwumeka, he moves to the top of the Golden Book goalscoring rankings with 13 goals. More later.