Sunday, August 1, 2010

Prek Pra reprieve?

Sman Sokrey who scored Prek Pra's late equalizer is so tired he can hardly look up after the final whistle
The 2nd match of the afternoon had a lot at stake for one of the teams. Prek Pra Keila are in real danger of losing their Metfone C-League status after just a year in the top flight. However their relegation dogfight with Wat Phnom may've just taken a turn in their favour after this hard-fought, rollercoaster 2-2 draw with Khemara Keila. The two Keilas were missing key men through suspension, but were roared on by their noisy sets of fans in the main stand. In fact the supporters of both sides got a little too boisterous and had to be separated by a line of military police officers after the interval. Prek Pra deserved their point and now look likely to keep their C-League spot at the expense of Wat Phnom, who must face leaders Naga in the final game and are a point behind Prek Pra. The Prek Pra goal led a charmed life early on before Mat Hasan whipped in a skidding, ground-hugging shot that rolled into the corner of the net on 17 minutes. You would've thought Prek Pra had just won the cup. In time added on at the end of the opening half, Khemara silenced their drum-banging fans when Kuoch Sokumpheak sent a looping header over Yok Ary with the last act of the half. With the stuffing knocked out of them, Prek Pra succumbed again just 3 minutes after the break. Peter Olajide got free of his marker at a corner and headed in. Play swung from end to end, both teams had to replace their injured goalkeepers and then with just 4 minutes left to play, Prek Pra sent their fans into a frenzy once again. Sman Sokrey let fly from 18 yards as a corner was cleared to him and his swerver found the target and Prek Pra gained a vital point in their fight to stay with the big-boys. They deserved it.
Prek Pra's warriors earned themselves a valuable point against Khemara
Khemara thought they'd done enough but were held to a 2-2 draw
Prek Pra's coach Yep Phirum and skipper, and man of the match, Khin Vien (3)

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