Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Final MCL weekend

The final weekend of the Metfone C-League season played out pretty much as expected with Phnom Penh Crown beating Boeung Ket 2-1 in the top vs runners-up game at Olympic Stadium on Sunday before Crown received their Championship trophy, medals and cheque for $15,000, which they had already assured themselves two weeks before. Referee Tuy Vichheka tried to make the game interesting in front of a big crowd by reducing Crown to 10-men, sending off Hong Pheng but they were too strong for Boeung Ket throughout the game. George Bisan, with his 20th of the season, and Odion Obadin netted for the champions, with Chan Vathanaka scoring a late penalty for the Rubbermen. Third-place went to NagaCorp who made relegated Albirex Niigata pay dearly for having the audacity to level the scores early on. Tatsuta Kazuki was the guy responsible for upsetting Naga who went about their task with renewed zeal, winning 6-1 and scoring through Sovannrithy, Anderson, Barry, Nyza and two from Chum. Svay Rieng had to settle for fourth, with a narrow 2-1 win over Army. Sothearoth and Tola scored for the military police team, with Phearith getting Army's consolation. Dzarma Bata didn't find the net for SVR in his final game but his 23 goals this season were enough to win him the Golden Boot, three ahead of Crown's George Bisan. TriAsia put paid to National Police 2-0, with Police failing to win in their last six matches. That said, their coach still managed to walk away with the Best Coach of the Year award, to everyone's amazement, at the awards ceremony before the champions were crowned late on Sunday night. Kihara and Kouch were the TriAsia scorers. Baldwin Ngwa, on loan from Crown, netted another brace of goals as AEU saw off Kirivong 3-1, with the Takeo-based team in the relegation zone with Albirex and will have to play-off later this year to secure their MCL status for next year. Western Uni wrapped up the season in style, with a morale-boosting 4-0 victory over BBU. Ivory Coast striker Goze Dieudonne, back from injury, netted twice as Mbarga and Saroth completed the rout.

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