Monday, June 21, 2010

PKR have too much in the tank

Khuon Laboravy, just after his 3-goal haul against Khemara
For Sunday's matches we had our fair share of rain again but this time, it was accompanied by 19 goals in the two C-League games, so no-one went home complaining. In the first game, Preah Khan Reach always had too much for Khemara, but the losers put up a good showing and in Suon Makara they have a central striker in the making. They stuck the lanky defender up front a few weeks ago out of desperation but he's grown into the role and his touch, his confidence and everything else has visibly grown in between. They'll need him firing on all cylinders if they are to stave off a relegation battle after their skipper Kuoch Sokumpheak limped off just after the break. Makara netted a neat headed goal early in the 2nd half but Preah Khan were already well in front by then. Sokumpheak had given them early hope with a superbly-struck free-kick from 18 yards. But PKR were never really in danger. Sok Chanrasmey and Khuon Laboravy gave them a 2-1 half-time lead. Laboravy netted two more for his hat-trick, as well as missing a glut of other chances. The youngster has certainly rewarded his coach for recalling him to the team in recent weeks and now has 10 goals for the season. Tum Saray popped up to score a couple of goals as well. The other Khemara consolation was scored by Paris Zidougha, who lost sub Net Veasna to a red card for a last-man foul just before the end. Preah Khan stay in 4th spot in the league table and will be buoyed by the return to the side of a fit-again Sok Rithy.
Preah Khan Reach ran out fairly comfortable 6-3 winners
Khemara were just not strong enough to handle Preah Khan
The best toss-up of the weekend, with referee Thong Chankethya in the middle of two of the country's best players, Kuoch Sokumpheak (blue) and Sam El Nasa (red)

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