Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mockery of the game

The 1st half is just about to end at Olympic Stadium during the Kirivong v PKR match
Sunday's C-League matches couldn't have been more different. BBU went back into 2nd spot with a regulation 6-0 stuffing of Wat Phnom with Nelson Oladiji and Sophat Chansokunthina both grabbing two goals apiece. Prum Putsethy and Chan Veasna also scored for the students. Wat Phhom had Chan Youhan needlessly sent off. In the 2nd game, PKR's solitary winner against Kirivong came from Sok Chanrasmey half an hour into the second half. But the game should never have been played, especially after the half-time interval. This was a mockery of the game of football. The torrential downpour flooded the pitch and they were lucky to get to half-time. A 30-minute break ensued before the referee, Khuon Ly, brought the teams back out again, even though the public address had announced the game was abandoned and some people left the stadium. They played on but the ball couldn't travel over the surface so both teams resorted to kick and rush. The ball spent most of the time in the air, and when it was on the ground, sliding tackles reigned supreme. PKR actually adapted better to the conditions and got the game's decider but the match should never have been allowed to take place. Kirivong will rue a penalty by Julius Chukwumeka that brought out the best in PKR keeper Ouk Mic.
BBU put six past Wat Phnom without reply
Substitute Sophat Chansokunthina netted two late goals for BBU
A television cameraman takes shelter at the back of the main stand during the downpour
The match officials make a pitch inspection and declared it unfit, then changed their minds. Believe me, it was totally unplayable.Preah Khan line up before the rain-soaked win over Kirivong

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