Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saray settles the nerves

A 3-0 success keeps Preah Khan Reach in 3rd place in the table
The second match of the afternoon was far less controversial and to an extent, pretty mundane by comparison. Though Preah Khan Reach would argue that it was another three points for them to secure their place in the top three of the Metfone C-League table, just 1 point behind Naga. Before PKR took a 19th minute lead, the National Police skipper Sophal Udom was thwarted by a Sok Rithy goal-line clearance and a save from Sar Sophea. An early injury to Tith Dina didn't help the Police cause and then neither did Tum Saray's goal, when he reacted quickly to a poke forward, rounded Thong Chanraksmey and rolled in his shot. The Police's Man Ritavann lashed a shot on the turn well over the top from close range and then PKR's Prak Mony Udom did likewise just before the break. Sophal Udom missed another good chance with his head just after the restart before PKR introduced Khuon Laboravy from the bench. Before he had time to get involved, Samuth Dalin blasted high and wide from inside the six-yard box after PKR keeper Sar Sophea was penalized for holding onto the ball for too long. On 64 minutes, PKR effectively put the game to bed. Lay Raksmey, on one of his marauding runs, laid the perfect ball to Phany Y Rotha and the youngster showed great poise with a neat chip over the head of Chanraksmey from twenty yards. Laboravy showed his prowess in the air, again, when he flicked on Prak Mony Udom's corner and celebrated his 11th goal of the campaign, in the 72nd minute. The same player and Lay Raksmey should've added at least one more, but both missed chances when put clean through. Rith Dikar, the PKR coach, was back on the bench after rethinking his decision to quit and will be pleased with his team's regulation win over a mediocre Police side to keep them in the hunt for the championship.
The National Police went down without too much of a whimper
PKR skipper Sam El Nasa (red) refuses to watch ref Tuy Vichheka's coin-toss. He's simply having none of it.

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