Saturday, July 10, 2010

Julius is up to 19

Golden Boot nominee with 19 goals so far this season, Julius Ononiwu
Another goal-machine grabbed the headlines in the day's second game with Julius Ononiwu continuing his rich vein of form with another brace to take his tally for the season to 19 goals, as Kirivong completed the double over Khemara, winning 3-1. Kirivong are edging closer to making a late challenge for a C-League Super 4 spot and if Ononiwu can maintain his sharpness in front of goal, they might just make it. I felt sorry for Khemara in this game. They gave it their all and didn't deserve to go behind, fielding a team that had two out with suspension and Suon Makara under the weather and coming off after 35 minutes. Kirivong took a 7th minute lead when In Vichheka jinked his way into the box and squeezed a shot in from a very tight angle. They doubled that on 58 minutes, again against the run of play, when Tran Cong Danh dazzled the opposition to set up Julius Ononiwu with the easiest of tap-ins. Kuoch Sokumpheak headed one in to give Khemara's noisy fans something to ponder but within 2 minutes Kirivong netted a third and the game was dead and buried. Ononiwu took the ball off the toe of Oun Sopheak to fire in from the edge of the box but the crowd were adamant that referee Khuon Ly missed a handball in the build-up, and they didn't let him forget it. So in return, 2 minutes later, he flashed a straight red at Khemara's San Nideth for a mis-timed tackle just to give them something else to moan about, and they duly obliged. Kirivong ran down the clock and won 3-1, maintaining their fine run, though next week they face Phnom Penh Crown, so something will have to give. There's no let-up for Khemara next week, as they face leaders Naga.
Kirivong looking mean and hungry before their 3-1 success on Saturday
Khemara came second again, but at least they put up a good fight

No comments: