Sunday, March 2, 2014

No change at the top

The top spot after the weekend's games continued to be taken by Phnom Penh Crown after their 4-1 win over the bottom dwellers of Albirex Niigata, who already look destined to suffer relegation in their first season, bar a miracle. Now wouldn't that be embarrassing for the Metfone C-League's new arrivals from Japan. Their defeat under floodlights at Olympic Stadium on Saturday was their sixth straight reversal. The earlier game at Olympic the same afternoon went the way of AEU, who took a three goal lead into the interval but had to hang on at the end as BBU came storming back, only to go down 3-2 at the death. Egyptian newcomer Mohamed Hamza scored the first and set up the second for Chhang Hai before Nigerian George Kelechi sprinted through to send AEU ahead and in control. The comeback came through Richard Omokafe and Chan Chaya but despite AEU going down to 10-men at the end, the clash of the universities went to Asia Euro. Over at the Army Stadium, Kirivong drew 0-0 with Army, while TriAsia went down to their second straight defeat, losing by a solitary Sun Sovannrithy penalty to second-placed NagaCorp. Boeung Ket shunted Western Uni aside on Sunday at Olympic, 2-0 with a goal in each half for Khuon Laboravy and sub Chan Vathanaka. The more interesting fixture came under the lights on Sunday. National Police had their keeper Yasuyuki Yoshida dismissed on 9 minutes for handball outside the area, though the linesman had missed an offside, and Svay Rieng netted through the free-kick from Prak Mony Udom. Noun Borey levelled on the stroke of half-time via another direct free-kick strike for the 10-man team. Ol Ravy struck the cross-bar twice for the Police after the break, as they refused to settle for a point and though they lost another body to a red card, this time Ieng Tin for a tackle that nearly sliced his opponent in half, they held on with 9 men for the last fifteen minutes for a point.

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