Sunday, April 3, 2011

Big shock on day 2

National Police goalscorers, Long Nasy (9) and Say Piseth (4)
The first major shock of the new Metfone C-League has arrived pretty quickly, match number two to be precise. It pitted longtime big boys, Naga Corp with the division's newcomers, National Police Commissary and it was the boys in blue who ran out 2-1 winners this afternoon at the Olympic Stadium. It took a goal four minutes from the end by the Police lynchpin centre-half Say Piseth to ruin Naga's day after they had led from the sixth minute courtesy of the lively Chim Chum. The veteran winger played through the middle from the start and reveled in his new found freedom. However, he and his aging teammates ran out of steam in the 2nd half and after they conceded a 69th minute leveler by Long Nasy, a Police win looked on the cards. It was left to Piseth, who doubles up as the national team's center-half, to venture forward for a late free-kick and benefit from a blunder by Naga's 2nd string keeper Pich Varin Yothin to tap the ball over the line. To add insult to injury, Naga's Tiet Chandarasokha was red-carded by match referee Thong Chankethya (who officiated in the previous day's opening match) for a vicious swipe at Mann Ritavann directly in front of the main stand in the dying moments. It summed up Naga's day.
A defeat for Naga Corp in their 1st outing of the season
The National Police team recorded a 2-1 win to begin their season in style
Kirivong's 3 foreign signings this season: LtoR: Nelson Oladiji (10), Bryan Edem (25) and Berejo Muhammea (77)
In the second match of the day, it was only a matter of time before the Prek Pra Keila defence was going to be breached and the major surprise was that it took until the hour mark for that to happen. Kirivong Sok Sen Chey were the stronger of the two teams throughout, though Prek Pra have a never-say-die attitude that saw them survive relegation by the skin of their teeth last season. Nonetheless, they will have to shore up what may well become a very leaky rearguard after Kirivong ran in three goals without reply in the latter third of the match. It was left to the Kirivong skipper In Vichheka to torment the Prek Pra backline and he provided a hat-trick of assists for two goals by lanky striker Nelson Oladiji, on his debut after spells with Khemara and BBU last season (where he sported a noticeable white headband last term and this time around, wore his hair in two ponytails), and a cracking 20 yarder from substitute Meak Chhordaravuth. Both teams struck the woodwork in the 1st half whilst all the goals came in the last half-hour but the victory was no more than Kirivong deserved.
Prek Pra Keila fought hard but went down to a 3-nil defeat against Kirivong
Kirivong started their campaign with a victory

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