Saturday, March 31, 2012

Uni delight

Western Uni's matchwinner Korng Sopheak
In today's Metfone C-League matches, Western Uni posted their first win of the new season against the club most pundits believe will be joining them in the relegation places cum the end of the campaign, beating Chhlam Samuth 3-1. In the second game of the day, National Police continued their 100% start to the season, with three wins in three, this time a convincing 4-0 success over BBU.
Western Uni didn't have it all their own way and Chhlam Samuth nosed in front three minutes before the break. The Uni defence were guilty of ball-watching as Chan Youhan's cross sailed to the far post where Sunday Ayodele got the decisive touch. Within six minutes of the restart, Western were back on level terms when Hy Sokveng was on hand to volley in Long Boran's bye-line cross. It was pretty much even until two moments of individual magic by Uni substitute Korng Sopheak in the last seven minutes turned the game on its head. He picked up the ball on the edge of the box, looked up and unleashed a powerful drive that sailed over the goalkeeper's head and into the net. With just two minutes to go Sopheak repeated the feat in almost identical fashion, as he spotted the keeper five yards off his goal-line and gave him no chance. Two goals of real quality will give the university team a much-needed boost in confidence.
Western stand strong and win their 1st CPL game of the season
Chhlam Samuth look like they face a long, hard season ahead
Table-topping National Police have made a strong start to the new season beating Naga, Boeung Ket and now BBU. This coming Wednesday, they face Phnom Penh Crown and their tails couldn't be any higher. In Nelson Oladiji they have a striker who we all know can score goals. So far this season, his strike-ratio has improved in leaps and bounds and grabbing all four goals in Police's 4-0 victory, has posted a 'watch-out notice' to CPL defences for the rest of the season. There wasn't much to choose between the two teams for the first hour though Police, using three foreigners in their line-up this season, offered more in attack than a subdued BBU. On 62 minutes Srey Udom fed Oladiji and his backward header looped over the keeper from ten yards out to put Police ahead. Tith Dina was denied by a great save from Sos Proshim, but the keeper had no chance to stop Oladiji's 2nd on 69 minutes after Say Piseth's header struck the upright and Oladiji was on hand to tap home. With the weak floodlights threatening to ruin the game, the Police extended their lead when Noun Borey's shot was saved only for the rebound to fall to Oladiji and his aim was true from three yards out, with five minutes left on the clock. Two minutes from time and Oladiji gobbled up his fourth and it couldn't have been easier. Proshim came to collect a high ball but dropped it onto the toe of the tall Nigerian striker who took advantage of the gift and poked the ball over the line. It was child's play and 3 wins in 3 for the Police.
The National Police, and Nelson Oladiji (back row, 2nd right) were on song again today
BBU were missing some regulars and crashed to a 4-0 defeat to Police

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