Khmer Times/Ismail Vorajee Monday, 20 March 2017 361 views

Mony Udom strikes to net points

A single second-half strike from Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC midfielder Prak Mony Udom was enough to separate them from Phnom Penh Crown FC at the final whistle of their Metfone C-League clash at RSN Stadium on Saturday evening.

Mony Udom, national team darling and team captain, delivered a well-placed free-kick beyond the reach of Crown keeper Keo Soksela midway through the half to deliver a first league defeat to Cambodian football’s most decorated club side.

The win sent coach Vandeth Sam’s Svay Rieng to the top of the standings after five league matches played, leapfrogging Crown who had gone into matchweek 5 at the top of the pile.

In Saturday’s other big game, Boeung Ket Angkor came from behind in a 2-1 win against Asia Europe United (AEU) to snatch a valuable three points.

The defending C-League champions had gone behind early in the first half after George Bisan, a former BK striker himself, fired in the opener in the 26th minute. Brazilian forward Maycon Calijuri then leveled the match midway through the first half from the penalty spot after teammate Esoh Paul Omogba was brought down in the box from a clumsy tackle by AEU defender Pin Saren. 

After bossing possession for much of the second half, Tomoki Muramatsu swept in a pinpoint ball into the box for Khuon Laboravy to head home the match winner in the 77th minute of the game and hand new BK coach John McGlynn a vital reprieve after a patchy opening few months of his tenure.

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