Sunday, July 11, 2010

Goal-less - at last

"Look lads, if we get a goal-less draw that'll put the bookies in a real spin." The Army have their group hug before their game against Prek Pra.
It had to happen. It took 70 matches for it to appear on the scoreboard but it has finally arrived. The first goal-less Metfone C-League match of the season. National Ministry of Defense 0 - 0 Prek Pra Keila. And the game lived up to the scoreline with very little goalmouth action and both teams struggling to show any sort of form. At least it brought to an end the 5-game losing streak of the Army boys but its clear their confidence is at rock-bottom. Earlier in the season they would've rolled over Prek Pra with ease, they won the corresponding fixture 4-2 in May, but this afternoon it was touch and go and at times Prek Pra, still looking candidates for relegation, could've snatched it. They didn't and to be honest, neither team deserved to win. It was that sort of game. In the first game of the afternoon, Wat Phnom gave Preah Khan Reach a scare by taking an early lead through Phlong Chanthou when Sar Sophea in the PKR goal made a complete hash of his punch out. Khuon Laboravy, restored to to the PKR attack, steered in a header just before the break and then five minutes after the restart, set up Sok Chanrasmey to put PKR in the lead. Laboravy and Prak Mony Udom hit the woodwork and both missed absolute guilt-edged sitters as well as PKR spurned chance after chance. They looked like they would pay dearly when Ry Phearoeun finished coolly with seven minutes to go to bring Wat Phnom back to 2-2. However, in the first minute of added-on time, substitute Ande Apollo raced onto San Narith's long ball, got there before the keeper and lobbed in the winner. They deserved it but PKR made hard work of the three points and stay in 4th place.
Prek Pra were pleased as punch with their point against the Army
The Army managed to halt their run of defeats with the first 0-0 draw in the C-League this season
Preah Khan registered a 3-2 success with a late late winner
Wat Phnom will feel a little aggrieved to lose to a goal in time added on

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