The clash at the top of the Metfone C-League failed to live up to expectations as Visakha and Phnom Penh Crown played out a 0-0 draw at the Western Stadium.
Both Visakha and Crown went into yesterday’s matchup undefeated and in first and third in the league standings respectively. The sell-out crowd were expectant that the faceoff between Crown, Cambodian football’s most decorated club side, and moneyed Visakha, upstart pretenders for the throne, would feature goals aplenty.
The matchup however produced no goals as Crown keeper Alex You put in a fine performance in between the sticks for the six-time C-League champions. Visakha’s four North Korean attackers were imposing but were well shackled by Crown’s defence.
Crown, who led with Jorrin John, Sunny Jane and Brak Thiva from the front, failed to test the opposition keeper throughout the entire match – a statistic which should worry Crown coach Sean Sainsbury.
While there were no goals at Western Stadium, in yesterday’s other afternoon fixture, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng swept aside Electrcite du Cambodge 5-1 at the Svay Rieng Stadium. Kobayashi Daisuke put the hosts on their way with a 4th minute opener before former Crown attacker Shane Booysen opened his account for his new employers from the penalty spot five minutes before half-time. Mat Noron pulled a goal back in the second-half before a late flurry of goals – from Hoy Phallin, Sok Samnang and Trevin Caesar – put paid to the EDC fightback.
In Saturday’s C-League action, newly-promoted Soltilo Angkor defeated Western 4-1 to score their first win of the season. First-half goals from Nigerian forward Dzarma Bata and Japanese midfielder Unno Tomoyuki gave the visitors a two-goal cushion at half-time. Vart Samnang added a third on the hour before Western – in one of their rare forays forward – got a goal back through Korean midfielder Yoon Sug-hee from the penalty spot. However, deep into second-half injury time Ly Arifin turned the screw on Western adding a fourth goal for the Keisuke Honda-backed club. The loss was a third straight defeat for lowly Western – who on current form look to be prime candidates for relegation.
At the Olympic Stadium, NagaWorld completed a 3 – 0 rout over Siem-Reap based Angkor Tiger. A Matthew Osa strike and a brace from Inui Tatsuro was enough to grab a second win of the season for the casino-backed side. Tiger meanwhile record a third straight defeat of the new campaign.
Elsewhere, Ministry of National Defense rebounded from last weekend’s defeat to Crown by registering a 2-1 win over Asia Euro United at the AEU Sport Park.