Saturday, July 14, 2012

Naga stumped

The Army will be chuffed with their 1-0 win over Naga
 A mixed bag of Metfone C-League football today. The Army shocked high-flying Naga with a 1-nil win courtesy of a Pom Tola free-kick, whilst Chhlam Samut's Bisan George effectively won the game on his own, with a hat-trick as they beat Western Uni 4-1 in a basement battle. There wasn't much to choose between Naga and the Army in the early kick-off, as their respective league positions belied the closeness of the two sides. Referee Khuon Virak started as he meant to continue with the first of seven bookings but it was the Army who drew first blood. A free-kick was awarded when a penalty looked the correct decision but it made no difference as Army's Pom Tola curled his shot over the wall and on target, jumping for joy as Naga keeper Phorn Ratana make a complete hash of it and pushed it into the net on 35 minutes. The cautions continued either side of half-time as neither team could find their rhythm and a Chuon Chum header against the upright after an hour was the solitary highlight to that point. The Naga marksman, the league's top scorer with 14 goals, blasted two left-foot shots high and wide after creating space for himself, whilst Tola lifted a 40-yard cross onto the top of the cross-bar at the other end. With Army defending with determination, Naga were clueless and the Army could even afford a change of goalkeeper, Sou Yaty replacing Um Vichet, with seven minutes remaining, in order to see out their best win of the campaign. They leapfrog Phnom Penh Crown into fifth spot with the 1-0 success. In the basement clash, the obvious difference between the two sides, Chhlam Samuth and Western Uni, was Bisan George, on loan to Chhlam Samuth from Boeung Ket. The students had no answer to his strength and quick feet and his first goal on 28 minutes demonstrated that to perfection. Picking the ball up on the half-way line, George simply turned on the gas and outpaced half a dozen Western pedestrians and finished with ease. To add to their woes, Western lost Min Chanrath to a 2nd yellow on 36 minutes and the game was effectively over. On the hour, Chhlam Samuth's skipper Sunday Ayodele neatly clipped in their second and eight minutes later, George struck a perfectly flighted free-kick from a considerable distance, around 45 yards out, that sailed over the head of Western keeper Ngoy Boranoch. Western's Long Boran headed a consolation effort with nine minutes remaining, but it only served as the appetiser for George to grab his hat-trick a few minutes later as he bustled unopposed into the area. Western went to the foot of the C-League table with this 4-1 defeat.
Naga were ineffectual against Army and went down 1-0

Chhlam Samuth brushed past Western 4-1 with Bisan George (29) scoring three

Out with the old (Lee Tae Hoon in red) and in with the new (Hok Sochetra in blue) as Cambodia's national team coaches watch from the main stand


Anonymous said...

Where's Ravy! You cannot forget Cambodia's top player Khoun Laboravy. For the sake of national pride, we must select players on merit, not on personal judgement. Hok Socheata must reconsider his top 30 selection and include Ravy, who is clearly our best player.

Andy Brouwer said...

Somehow I don't think Hok Sochetra will change his mind. However if Laboravy can whack in a bagful of goals before the end of the season, then the coach may have his hand forced for him. To ignore his claims if he hits a goalscoring hot streak then Sochetra would be under considerable pressure to retract his position. Surely.