Friday, February 3, 2012

Hun Sen Cup action

The National Police team prior to their 1-0 win over Boeung Ket
So what's been happening in the early games in the Hun Sen Cup you ask? Well, after Phnom Penh Crown whacked 16 goals past Kratie without reply (with Kouch Sokumpheak grabbing a personal haul of 10 goals), the other two teams in Group D, National Police and Boeung Ket Rubber Field were better matched and it took a penalty from Srey Udom four minutes from the end to separate the two teams. Crown now take on the Police tomorrow at the Olympic Stadium at 2pm, followed by Boeung Ket against Kratie. Police have added speedy winger Nov Soseila to their line-up this season after the former Army man has spent nearly two years kicking his heels due to shenanigans by the military outfit. It's great to see him back in action. In Group C, Preah Khan Reach kicked off with a comprehensive 8-1 win over Koh Kong and Khuon Laboravy was amongst the goals again with half a dozen. He was last season's cup Golden Boot winner with 22 goals. BBU put Stung Treng to the sword, winning 9-2 and Chhun Sothearath netted a hat-trick. Over in Group B, the teams have both played twice. Army looked easy 5-0 winners over Asia Euro University but then stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Kirivong this afternoon. Kirivong edged past Kampot 3-2 in their first game, while AEU put six past Kampot without reply. Finally to Group A, where Teab Vathanak was on song for Naga with 5 goals in their 9-0 thrashing of Pailin. Then Naga faltered and conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Chhlam Samuth earlier today. Chhlam Samuth beat Battambang 5-2 in their first match, though the 2nd city team beat neighbours Pailin 1-0 today. Tomorrow's matches will give us a better view of how the teams are poised in Groups C and D, ahead of the final group matches on Sunday and Monday. The games are coming thick and fast.

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