Thursday, April 7, 2011

BBU stunned

Pov Samnang netted two classy goals in Chhlam Samuth's surprise victory
All of the teams in the Metfone C-league have now played their 1st game of the brand new season. And no-one can be more in shock than Build Bright United, who were outsmarted by the league's latest additions, Chhlam Samuth in Wednesday's 2nd game. They felt the full force of the Sea Sharks' bite and went down to a 3-2 defeat, with only themselves to blame for a lacklustre display. If anything they probably expected to walkover the newbies but they were in for a shock, which was an even bigger one that the Police's win over Naga on Sunday. BBU have been on fire at the start of this season, they reached the final of the Hun Sen Cup and aside from Rim Bunhieng on the bench, they had a full-strength line-up. They even took the lead on 27 minutes when Prum Puthsethy had his standing leg taken from under him by Ek Sovannara and Oum Chandara slotted home the resulting penalty with ease. Six minutes later Chhlam Samuth struck the leveller when Pov Samnang took a pass in his stride and rolled his shot confidently past Hem Simay. BBU were simply not clicking into gear whilst the former Navy team busied themselves in midfield and with the last kick of the 1st half, took the lead. It was two minutes into added on time when Samnang fed diminutive Nigerian striker Dauda Sanni and he floated a 20 yard first-time shot over a startled Hem Simay to give his team a deserved lead. Sanni joined the newcomers after plying his trade in SEAsia for the last three years in Vietnam, Thailand and here in Cambodia with Spark and Bayon Wanderers.
Twelve minutes into the 2nd half and Chhlam Samuth were celebrating once again. Pov Samnang showed classy control and a neat finish as he put his side 3-1 ahead after Sanni found him with a 30-yard pass. Within two minutes BBU gave themselves a lifeline when Pech Sina headed in Chan Veasna's free-kick and it looked like they'd turned the corner. A long distance Veasna chip was tipped over the top, Putsethy rattled the cross-bar from the edge of the box and Sina had two chances go astray as BBU huffed and puffed but couldn't break down the Navy defences. The dejected faces of the student team said it all at the final whistle; reputations count for nothing in football and there's always hope for the underdog.
On his debut the Sea Sharks' Dauda Sanni was a thorn in BBU's side all game
A full strength BBU team that were thoroughly deflated at the end of 90 minutes
Chhlam Samuth caused the biggest surprise of week 1 of the new C-League season

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