Saturday, March 2, 2013

Army outgunned

Army, missing 5 regulars, were outgunned 3-1 by the Rubbermen

Watching Cambodian national coach Prak Sovannara must've winced when Chan Vathanaka was carried off in Boeung Ket's 3-1 canter against a depleted Army at Olympic Stadium this afternoon. He's one of the coach's bright young hopes as Cambodia build towards their AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in Philippines later this month. And Sovannara will be hoping the teenager will be fit enough for Wednesday's friendly against the Malaysia U-23 team. Vathanaka had been introduced after 35 minutes of this afternoon's Metfone C-League game, with the Rubbermen leading through Sumaila Momoh's 11th-minute half-volley. Momoh had then turned saviour when he headed clear off his own goal-line with Boeung Ket still ahead at the interval. Within three minutes of the restart, Vathanaka cashed in on some defensive hesitancy by the Army back-line. Fifteen minutes later, Bisan George netted his customary goal, when he outwitted two defenders and the keeper, and celebrated with a triple somersault. It was his sixth goal attempt and his first on target. Half an hour into the 2nd half and Vathanaka went down off the ball and was stretchered off. Keo Sokngorn replaced him but looks woefully short of confidence ahead of the midweek international friendly. Army's Pov Phearith curled in a gorgeous free-kick in injury time to close the game, 3-1 in favour of Boeung Ket.

In the second game of the day, Kirivong took a two-goal lead by the 14th minute and never looked in trouble against a toothless BBU. Friday Nwakuna netted from a spot-kick on 8 minutes after Sos Proshim had clattered Ek Vannak. Then Morm Sophal volleyed in Hou Sambo's corner for their second. Two goals in sixty seconds, thirteen minutes after the half-time break, saw Sambo extend Kirivong's lead from close range and then Pech Sina grabbed a BBU consolation. With the clock running down, Savoan Ratanakvisa lobbed a fourth for Kirivong. In the 3pm kick-off at the Army Stadium, AEU will be pleased with their 1-1 draw against third-placed National Police.
Boeung Ket made it 4 wins in 4 league matches

BBU looked toothless and ineffectual against Kirivong

Kirivong won their 2nd game in 4 league matches

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