There were two Metfone C-League matches played yesterday afternoon, though I was on a bus coming back from Laos so couldn't be present. In the first game, Rithysen looked to be coasting to their first points of the season, leading 3-1 despite losing Nigerian signing Etim Esin on his debut to two yellow cards just after half-time. Keo Dara with 2 goals and Tam Yousos put them into what they must've thought was an unassailable lead before the National Police came bouncing back with two late late goals from Moeung Phanith, his 2nd, and Tith Dina, in the 4th minute of stoppage time. Rithysen must've been gutted. I was, just reading about it.
In the 2nd match, Naga proved they are on a roll with an 8-3 thrashing of Chhlam Samuth. The Navy team had the temerity to open the scoring through Olabode Abosede before Naga replied with three of their own. Two more goals from Chhlam Samuth brought it back to 3-2 before Naga, with hit-man Julius Oiboh grabbing yet another hat-trick, sailed back into the lead and cashed in on a dejected Navy defence. Oiboh now has ten goals to his name including three hat-tricks, which is just about the perfect way to announce your arrival in any league. With him in their ranks, Naga will be pushing for honours if they maintain their recent form. Other Naga scorers were Teab Vathanak with two goals, and a goal apiece for Kop Isa, Om Thavrak and Omogba Esoh. Dauda Sanni and Pov Samnang netted the Navy's other goals. Fifteen goals in two matches and I was sat on an uncomfortable, sweltering bus on the Mekong River road all bleedin' day.