Saturday, April 2, 2011

Honours even

The Crown starting line-up: Back Row LtoR: Tiny, Sovannrithy, Nwafor, Visokra, Njoku, Obadin. Front Row: Virak, Narith, Sokumpheak, Chaya, Sothearith.
I'm off to a wedding party but just to put you in the picture, the honours were shared in this afternoon's opening Metfone C-League encounter with Phnom Penh Crown and Preah Khan Reach failing to grab the victory they both wanted to start the season off with a bang, instead ending the game at 2-2. Crown will feel hard done by, with referee Thong Chankethya at the center of a storm - isn't he always - as he failed to give Crown any of the four good shouts they had for penalty kicks and then sending off Chan Chaya with five minutes to go when he appeared to be the innocent party. Chankethya is regarded by the football federation as one of their best, but those with an ounce of a footballing brain know otherwise. Crown twice took the lead, through Kingsley Njoku on six minutes and Chaya with 13 minutes to go, but twice relinquished the head-start to a youthful PKR team. I'll be back later with a full run-down of today's proceedings and will be keen to watch the re-run of the game on the TVK channel to see whether Crown have a real axe to grind with the man in black.

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