Friday, August 20, 2010

BBU grab 3rd

BBU's Tuy Sam decided the penalty kick competition after the normal time 3rd place play-off ended 2-2
The Metfone C-League third place play-off decider today went down to the wire with Build Bright United grabbing the glory and the extra cash, with a 5-3 penalty-kick success over Naga Corp. Though Naga shaded the game in normal time, BBU had two great chances to win the game at the death, fluffed them both but then came good in the spot-kick shoot-out. The game had ended 2-2 at the full-time whistle. The glory of the winning penalty kick went to full-back Tuy Sam, who was mobbed by his teammates after he successfully converted past Mak Theara in the Naga goal. All of the goals in normal time came in the first-half. Oum Chandara poked BBU ahead from about a yard after just three minutes as Naga failed to clear a corner. The game's best player, Joseph Oyewole levelled on 25 minutes when he stole in unnoticed to powerfully head home from Tiet Chandarasokha's cross. When Nhim Sovannara handled Teab Vathanak's shot, referee Khuon Virak waved play on until he spotted Yien Kivatanak's raised flag and decided to award a penalty afterall. Meas Channa made the most of the referee's change of mind a minute before time, from the spot. In time added on, BBU substitute Nuth Sinoun netted a fine solo goal to equalize, when he kept his cool to roll the ball under the advancing Mak Theara. The second half was devoid of much goalmouth activity, especially for Naga's Teab Vathanak who was starved of chances to add to his 21-goal tally. BBU did miss a couple of guilt-edged opportunities in the closing seconds but weren't left to rue them for too long, with their success in the spot-kick competition. Eight of the 9 penalties taken were scored and it was Meas Channa, who scored a penalty in normal time, who had his spot-kick saved by Sos Proshim, right at the start of sudden-death. Nuth Sinoun, Prum Putsethy, Chan Veasna, Oum Chandara and Tuy Sam netted from the spot for BBU, with Joseph Oyewole, Pok Chanthan and Soeung Monyroath scoring for Naga. It was tough on Naga, who won the regular season league competition with just 1 defeat in 18 games but for BBU, finishing third capped a great campaign for the students. Now all eyes will turn to Saturday's play-off final at 2pm with PKR aiming to overturn the pundit's prediction of a Phnom Penh Crown victory. We shall see.
The students of BBU won the game 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw
Naga Corp were missing 2 players with suspension but only had themselves to blame for the penalty-kick defeat by BBU
Not exactly one of the greatest toss-ups of our time, as ref Khuon Virak waits to catch his coin, watched by the team captains
The teams take to the Olympic Stadium pitch in today's 3rd place play-off. BBU are in blue.

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