Metfone C-League season. Today, it was precisely the opposite as both games were turgid affairs that failed to find even a murmur of excitement from the subdued spectators who'd hoped for a continuation of yesterday's intoxicating fare. BBU and Chhlam Samuth began under the 2pm sun and the students always had enough in the bank despite going down to 10-men with twenty-odd minutes to go. They ran down the clock to win 2-0. Western University were making their debut against the Army in the 2nd match-up and ended the day the happier, with a point from a goal-less bore draw. They also lost a player to a red card with twenty minutes remaining.
BBU chose not to start their influential playmaker Chhun Sothearath after his recent return from Brunei with the national team, whilst Chhlam Samuth paraded two new Nigerian signings for this encounter. It was BBU who began the brightest, which is a relative term, as the football wasn't exactly riveting. However, they scored two goals in a four minute spell midway through the first-half that sealed the result in their favour. On 35 minutes, Ouk Sereyratanak bore down on goal and clipped a neat finish inside the far post for the opener. His teammate Pech Sina drifted past two defenders on the edge of the box and unleashed a twenty-yard curler that nestled in the top corner for the highlight of the whole match. Despite losing Phin Pheara to a 2nd yellow card on 68 minutes, BBU were never seriously tested and Chhlam Samuth look to have another long season ahead of them.
Phnom Penh Crown and Preah Khan Reach were the only two teams not to perform in the opening round of matches, as PKR were competing in the 2nd round of the Malaysian FA Cup. They went down 1-0 to Kuala Lumpur's Spa FC and will take no further part in the competition.