Saturday, July 23, 2011
More Crown success
Football in Cambodia is full of ups and downs, twists and turns and today was no exception. League leaders Phnom Penh Crown were coasting at 2-0 with goals from Odion Obadin and Sun Sopanha against Chhlam Samuth but conceded just before half-time. The Sea Sharks sensed a chink in the Crown armour and netted two more to take a shock lead after 73 minutes. 4 minutes later Chan Chaya poked in the leveller, quickly followed by a pinpoint Sok Pheng header and rounded off with a solo goal from Kingsley Njoku to earn Crown a 5-3 success. They remain at the top of the table but coach David Booth admitted they had some work to do on the training pitch in the next week to avoid a repeat of today's showing. Full marks to Chhlam Samuth for making a real fight of it. In the first Metfone C-League game of the day, BBU ran out easy 3-0 winners over Prek Pra. However, there were ugly scenes in the main grandstand at the final whistle as Prek Pra fans voiced their disapproval of the match officials and launched a water-bottle attack on the police in attendance. There were some brief scuffles and punches thrown before the furor died down. The Prek Pra coaching staff should be applauded for their efforts to maintain the peace. More from both matches, with photos, later.