Sunday, July 25, 2010

Frayed nerves

Sam El Nasa netted PKR's 2nd goal against BBU
A win for either team would've settled their nerves and almost guaranteed a place in the Super 4 play-offs, but with the final result, 2-2, both Preah Khan and BBU go into the final two matches nervously looking over their shoulder at fifth-placed Kirivong. And if Kirivong beat Wat Phnom on Wednesday, those nerves will get even more frayed. To be honest, Preah Khan should've beaten BBU by a country mile. They bossed most of this Metfone C-League match but didn't cash in on their chances and paid the price. Khuon Laboravy finished clinically on the half hour and missed a hat-trick of other opportunities in the game. Sam El Nasa, who'd skied an earlier penalty kick, extended their lead ten minutes after the break, with a neat end to a blistering run and cross from Lay Raksmey. Ten minutes later the jitters started. Oum Chandara's shot deflected off the back of Prum Putsethy's head and looped over Ouk Mic in the PKR goal, though Laboravy should've put the game beyond BBU's reach but missed a sitter moments later. With 3 extra minutes on the clock at the end of the game, referee Duong Socheat made a bad call to give BBU a last-gasp penalty. He viewed Moul Daravorn's tackle on Putsethy as a foul even though he won the ball and sub Nuth Sinoun stepped up to smash the spot-kick past Ouk Mic for an undeserved leveller. PKR now meet the Army and Crown, whilst BBU have to play Chhma Khmao and Khemara to determine whether they'll appear in the Super 4 play-offs in the season's finale. 1 win for either team will put them out of reach of Kirivong and into the Super 4.
Preah Khan Reach have yet to confirm their Super 4 play-off spot
One more win will give BBU their place in the Super 4 play-offs

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