Boeung Ket’s victory in matchweek six of the Metfone C-League was muted after it was revealed the back-to-back league champions will be without the services of injured Cambodian custodian Sou Yaty.
Yaty, dubbed ‘Super Save’ by his adoring fans, will be sidelined for up to two weeks after suffering a thigh muscle strain an hour into Sunday’s 3-1 win over Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng at the Army Stadium.
After going behind to a superb first-half Shane Booysen free-kick, Boeung Ket came out of the gates in the second half with renewed purpose. However, fans had to wait until the 84th minute for the equaliser, Brazilian Maycon Calijuri converting from the penalty spot to draw Boeung Ket level. Just two minutes later, Nigerian forward Samuel Gbenga Ajayi then put Boeung Ket ahead with a burst of pace on the right wing and rifling home from just inside the box. His compatriot Julius Oiboh then capped the win with a third goal deep into stoppage time.
Speaking after the win, Boeung Ket head coach Hao Socheat claimed that the comeback victory over Svay Rieng was well deserved after his side’s free flowing midfield freely created chances for the clubs’ triumvirate of foreign forwards. Meanwhile, despite the defeat, Preah Khan Reach coach Conor Nestor was pleased with the performance of mercurial forward Shane Booysen.
“He worked hard in the game. Even though he missed a couple of chances, he did well to help the team, said the Irishman. “Shane has that ability to compete with other top players in the league.
The win keeps Boeung Ket level on points with league leaders NagaWorld. Both clubs, on 16 points, have preserved their unbeaten records with six games played.
Also on Sunday, Naga scored a routine 4-1 win over Soltilo Angkor in their Sunday evening matchup, while Phnom Penh Crown revived some of their best form to record a confidence-boosting 4-0 thrashing of National Police Commissary at the RSN Stadium.
In the battle at the bottom, Electricite du Cambodge poured scorn on lowly Western. A 2-0 win for EDC resigned Western to their seventh consecutive defeat of a miserable season.