Saturday, June 25, 2011
Crown back on top spot
Phnom Penh Crown did exactly what I hoped they would this afternoon. They showed glimpses of good form, kept their composure and jumped back to the top of the Metfone C-League with a 2-0 victory over the National Police, no thanks to a referee who was abysmal and a self-destructing Police team. Takahito Ota registered his first goal for Crown in the 7th minute to settle the nerves and Chan Chaya added a second on 70 minutes to give Crown the 3 points to take them back above Naga and into 1st place in time for the mid-season break. The Police did themselves no favours when they lost full-back Ieng Tin for a rash 2nd yellow card on 36 minutes and then their skipper, Sophal Udom showed once again why he is a danger to the opposition, but for all the wrong reasons. With ten minutes to go he barged into Odion Obadin and as the Crown defender was lying on the ground, Udom aimed a kick at his face but caught him in the chest, sparking a melee, with Udom, fists up, looking for a fight. The referee flashed the red card and Udom was shoved away, though the military police had by this time surrounded the Crown bench in a bizarre turn of events. Why they didn't escort Udom to a police cell awaiting a charge of battery or common assault is beyond me. It was Udom who was banned for six months a year ago after he attacked a referee from behind. The boy needs some serious treatment to work out his anger management. Crown had done enough, it wasn't a vintage performance by any means but in the circumstances it was enough and a job well done. More details from the match later.