Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tough luck

Unlucky Prek Pra fell to a last kick of the game goal against Preah Khan
You have got to feel sorry for Prek Pra tonight, even if they did arouse very different reactions when they booed off the match officials, threw water bottles onto the pitch and caused mayhem in the grandstand a few weeks ago. This time around they played their hearts out and were fully deserving of a point against one of the better teams in the Metfone C-League, Preah Khan Reach, until a blunder in the third minute of time added on gifted the matchwinner to the Military Police-backed team with the very last kick of the game. PKR had looked likely throughout to score through their top hitman Khuon Laboravy though he was firing blanks on the day and found Prek Pra keeper Yok Ary in great form. On half a dozen occasions, Laboravy failed to find the back of the net including a free-kick from out wide that crashed against the crossbar only for Ary to dive on the loose ball on the goal-line. Ary then denied Phany Y Ratha when it looked like the striker would score with certainty. PKR's task was made tougher when Sok Chanrasmey was dismissed on the hour for two yellow cards, which was a bit harsh, and that gave Prek Pra the incentive they needed. Sos Souhana was denied by PKR keeper Sar Sophea with a brave stop, and twice new signing You Safri was inches away from giving Prek Pra the lead. Honours even seemed the way it would end until a Prak Mony Udom free-kick was palmed out by Ary instead of being punched clear, and PKR defender Yon Mesa gleefully volleyed the ball into the net to give Preah Khan an unlikely three points.
Preah Khan Reach kept in touch with the league leaders with a very fortunate three points

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