Sunday, January 29, 2012

Late downer for Lee

The Cam U-21s before the start. Back Row LtoR: Dara, Udom, Piseth, Chanthou, Daravorn, Rithy. Front: Khemarin, Phearith, Soseila, Sothearoth, Yaty
Ulsan University netted a late late winner, in the 2nd minute of injury time, to beat the Cambodia U-21s 2-1 at Olympic Stadium in this afternoon's friendly encounter. Both goalkeepers will want to forget this match quickly enough. They both conceded goals they would've expected to stop and Cambodia's captain for the day, Sou Yaty, was the first to pick the ball out of the net after 16 minutes. An inswinging direct corner from the left boot of Jeong Jong Hee evaded everyone, including Yaty and nestled in the far corner of his net. The home defenders and Yaty looked at each other, expecting someone to put their hand up. No-one did. Aside from another Yaty flying save, that was the sum of the first-half action. Cambodia made 4 changes at half-time and perked up but it took them a long time to get back on level terms. Chan Vathanaka, one of the three teenage Preah Khan Reach players in the team, took a leaf out of Jeong Jong Hee's inswinging left-footer book and repeated the feat from a free-kick, that Ulsan keeperJin Ung Yang watched sail over his head and into the top corner. 1-1 and eight minutes left to play. It looked odds on a draw until Ulsan's Boem Seon Shin left Nen Sothearoth on his bum and fired in a low drive which Yaty got a hand to but couldn't keep out. 2-1 to Ulsan and moments later the referee blew the final whistle. Cambodia's coach Lee Tae-Hoon will be kicking the cat that his charges let in such a late goal, but on the balance of possession, Ulsan were the stronger of the teams. What did Lee learn from the game? Khek Khemarin is not the defensive midfield answer and Pov Phearith had a shocker of a first-half. Nov Soseila is isolated without the proper service though substitute Teab Vathanak and speedster Chhin Chhoeurn pepped up the home attack after the break, but also need better quality supply to feed on. Sou Yaty got the captain's armband when either Sok Rithy or Say Piseth stand out as more suitable candidates. The coach, who has a penchant for making his keeper captain, also had to play without recruits from Phnom Penh Crown and 4 players from PKR.
Captain Sou Yaty leads out his Cambodia team


Anonymous said...

uniform is not nice at all. should be white shirt, red pant and red sock

Anonymous said...

As long as they are competitive and win some games, who cares about the uniform?