Sunday, July 25, 2010

Naga do just enough, again

Man of the match, Naga's assured defender Samuel Oseika
Kirivong needed to beat Metfone C-League leaders Naga Saturday to give themselves a chance of making the Super 4 play-offs. They didn't manage it and it now looks a tall order for them to make it with just two games remaining and four points adrift of the 4th placed club Preah Khan. Meanwhile, Naga, again did just enough, a tune that they've been playing all season. They remain the only unbeaten team in the division, winning 12 of their sixteen matches and have now extended their lead to 8 points. It was a goal from an unlikely source that sealed their 1-0 win saturday. Pok Chanthan isn't known for his ruthless efficiency in front of goal, usually preferring a stopper's role in deep midfield. However, you could see his delight when he laced in an unstoppable drive from the edge of the box with just 3 minutes to go. Naga had won and deservedly so, though Kirivong could argue that a draw would've been fair. Meas Channa was the dangerman for much of the game with his crosses causing Kirivong keeper Keum Makara all sorts of problems. My man of the match was Naga's Samuel Oseika, who defended resolutely, kept the red-hot Julius Ononiwu a virtual spectator throughout and looks assured whenever he's on the ball. Both Ononiwu and Naga's Teab Vathanak had quiet games, which is unusual for the two top scorers in the C-League. Naga roll on towards the Super 4, whilst Kirivong will anxiously watch the other results, starting later today when Preah Khan and BBU meet.
Another match-winning performance from table toppers Naga. Scorer Pok Chanthan is in the middle of the front row (12).
Kirivong need to win their last 2 games and hope results go their way to get that elusive Super 4 slot

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