Monday, May 21, 2012
Police in charge
Sunday's Metfone C-League matches went according to the formbook and the league table standings. In fact National Police's 2-0 win over Kirivong put them back in pole position heading into the 2nd round of matches. They were even confident enough to bench leading scorer Nelson Oladiji in favour of the return of journeyman Nuth Sinoun for the start of the game, though Oladiji wasn't to be denied and after getting on after an hour, the league's top marksman netted his customary goal with eight minutes remaining to confirm the win. Police had led just before the half-hour when Srey Udom fired home. Kirivong made it even harder for themselves when In Vichheka tripped Udom as he raced through on goal and was rightly red carded. Described as a 'professional foul' it's anything but professional and more deliberate cheating, as is the amount of feigning injury we see in every match these days. One moment players are rolling around and screaming as though their leg has been sawn off, the next moment they are sprinting full pelt after the ball. It's pathetic and a blight on the modern game in my view. In Sunday's opening encounter, Boeung Ket thrashed the helpless Chhlam Samuth 7-0, who were unable to play George Bisan against his host club. In his absence they looked toothless as the Rubbermen dominated from start to finish. Friday Nwakuna scored a brace both sides of the half-time break to take him up to the top of the scorer's chart. Keo Sokngorn had opened up the scoring-spree with a header on the half-hour but was forced off the pitch later on after a bang in the face. His younger brother, Keo Sokpheng, with a rare start, staked his claim for a regular start with two goals as Boeung Ket moved into fourth spot.