Sunday, August 21, 2011

Police drop a clanger

Even though they walked off in their match recently, it looked like National Police were destined to do PPCrown a favour, but it never happened
I really thought the National Police team were going to do Phnom Penh Crown a big favour yesterday afternoon. A win for Police and Crown could celebrate winning the championship, without playing. As it turned out, the Police battled hard to keep Naga restricted to a few half chances in their Metfone C-League encounter and when Tith Dina pulled his foot back ready to whack in a shot on 68 minutes, it looked as if they'd take a deserved lead. Instead, Tiet Chandarasokha got a block in and even though the full-back was sent off three minutes later for a second yellow card, Naga went onto win. Pretty much against the run of play, substitute Chim Sambo burst between two defenders, sidestepped another and then toe-poked home the winner six minutes from the end. Naga, with top scorer Julius Oiboh firing blanks and the rest of his teammates looking less than impressive, were more than happy to grab the points with a 1-0 win to keep the pressure on Crown. Police's Ol Ravy headed against the bar at the end of the 1st half with their best chance but it wasn't to be and Crown still need to win one of their final two matches to claim the title. Bouy Dary, Crown's assistant coach, was TVK's half-time pundit for this game.
The Naga line-up who were ineffective for much of the game v National Police
I think Police captain Sophal Udom (7) is just about to kiss the hand of Naga skipper Om Thavrak (who is not royalty despite what he says)
PPCrown's Bouy Dary (center) at pains to tell the TVK commentators that Crown still have to win 1 match from their last two games to claim the title
In the first game yesterday, both teams needed to win to stay out of the relegation places and Chhlam Samuth were the team with more to offer as Prek Pra went down without much of a fight. They both have two games left but on this form, it's Chhlam Samuth that deserve to stay up. Two goals apiece in each half for Sunday Ayodele and Ros Samoeurn did the damage with the Sea Sharks running out 4-1 winners. Ron Roya had the best opportunities for Prek Pra in the first half but Ayodele headed in unmarked on 18 minutes and Samoeurn slotted in with 27 minutes on the clock, after Ayodele unselfishly provided the pass. Ayodele netted his second just 5 minutes into the second period and then missed a sitter for his hat-trick. Samoeurn wrapped it up on 70 minutes only for Prek Pra's Mat Keilab to grab a consolation goal a minute later. On this form it's curtains for Prek Pra alongwith Rithysen at the foot of the league table.
Kao Viso (5) for Chhlam Samuth appears to be asking to use the toilet
Prek Pra sent their fans home very unhappy with a weak showing in this do-or-die fixture

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