Monday, January 21, 2013

Boring Sunday

BBU line-up on Sunday for their 0-0 draw

PKR drew with BBU before they head off to Malaysia for their FACup exploits
Let's take a look at the weekend of domestic Cambodian football, Round 2 of the Metfone C-League. As I've already reported, Phnom Penh Crown drew 1-1 with the National Police Commissary at the Army Stadium on Saturday. Honours even. Also on Saturday, the Army's Phoung Soksana gave them an early lead against Naga Corp at the Olympic Stadium, only for Prak Chanratana to level the game before the hour, and that's how its stayed. In the later kick-off, Boeung Ket walloped the whipping boys of the league, Senate, hitting ten without reply until Senate's Ry Phearun grabbed a single consolation in time added on. Chukwuma Ohuruogu opened up the game with a quick-fire brace and Yob Romaton gave the Rubbermen a three-goal interval lead. After that Senate operated an open-door policy allowing last season's champs to run riot through Keo Sokpheng, Chan Vathanaka and for Bisan George to go to town, netting five in the final half-hour. Senate's defending would've embarrassed their own mothers. On Sunday, the defending wasn't so bad, but the matches themselves were as dull as dishwater. Probably the poorest set of games I've had the misfortune to witness, one after the other. Preah Khan Reach and BBU bored themselves to death with a goal-less draw in the opener at Olympic. Neither team was ever going to score. PKR's two new foreigners were Japanese midfielder Shota Nakagawa, who was forgettable and replaced by portly Vietnamese Huynh Thanh who looked match rusty but had some touches. For BBU, they've loaned defender Daniel Omachoko from Boeung Ket and signed Olugbami Adewale from Chhlam Samuth. Not one player stood out. In match number two, Kirivong managed to squeeze a 1-0 win over AEU, who didn't play as well as they have in the Hun Sen Cup. The goal came five minutes after half-time when Nhem Sovannara half-volleyed a drive into the roof of the net. Not bad for a defender. AEU have been busy with two foreign arrivals in Busayo Adekunjo and Sankara Esua, whilst monied Kirivong added defender Giwa Bolaji to Friday Nwakuna and David Njoku in their starting line-up. A disappointing Sunday afternoon.
Kirivong managed to scrape a 1-0 win over AEU

AEU added two new foreigners but were less competitive than before

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