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Third loss sends out youngsters

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:

The Cambodian under-22 national football team ended their participation in the KBZ Bank Cup yesterday with a 1-0 defeat to their Hong Kong counterparts, their third loss in as many games in the four-nation mini-tournament.

18-year old forward Lok Kan Jordan Lam unlocked the Cambodian defense in the 19th minute latching onto his teammates pass into the box and slotting the ball into the far post and beyond Cambodia keeper Um Sereyrath.

The visitors had plenty of chances to level, Samoeun Pidor wasting the best chance midway through the second half.

Seizing on a punt upfield, the PKR Svay Rieng wing-back did well to beat a defender and sidestep the goalkeeper but with the goal at his mercy could only send the ball into the side netting.

Minutes later, Cherng Polroth failed to notch his second goal of the tournament, his looping free-kick from outside the box being well saved.

The Cambodia Under-22s’ previous two matches had seen them downed 4-1 by hosts Myanmar and mauled 5-1 by Japan Universiade.

Coach Vitorino neveretheless believes the competition provided valuable match practice for many players ahead of next month’s SEA Games.

Vitorino will also lead the under-23s in Malaysia, where he will hope to improve on the Angkor Warriors’ fourth place finish at the 2015 games.

• THE Metfone C-League is still on a break but Phnom Penh Crown and Kirivong Sok Sen Chey kept up their fitness with a friendly at RSN Stadium, Crown winning 6-3.

A Shane Booysen brace and an own goal put Crown three up before Dav Nim pulled a goal back for the visitors. Em Phanna then cut the deficit to one goal before Booysen lobbed his third.

Kirivong conceded two penalties, to Kok Boris and Mao Piseth but Kirivong had the last say, Ouch Tony scoring with a 30-yard screamer.

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