It was a second-half revival for Visakha in their Metfone C–League clash against Bati Academy U18s in Saturday’s highlight as Hok Sochivorn’s men delivered a 5-1 win – four goals coming in a breathless second half.
After going up through Tith Dina inside the first ten minutes, Bati pegged back the hosts with an equaliser on 30 minutes. Despite superior possession and plenty of chances, Visakha could not regain the lead in the first period.
However, Visakha came out after the restart a different animal as Visakha hit four goals through Eliel da Cruz Guardiano, Lyuben Nikolov , and Sary Matnorotin to hand .In Saturday’s other games, NagaWorld ran out 4-0 victors over Angkor Tiger, handing the Siem Reap-based side a painful first defeat of the season.
A Sos Suhana strike in the 21st minute of the game gave the defending league champs the advantage at the Old Stadium as Naga went into half-time with a slender one-goal margin. However, Naga dialed up the pressure after the second-half restart as Suhana netted his second just three minutes into the half.
Further goals from Atuheire Kipson and Esoh Paul Omogba settled the game leaving Tiger to lick their wounds from a game they failed to stamp their authority on.
Naga coach Meas Channa said it was important is that his players did well to win the match especially after their recent dismal showing in the AFC Cup group stages.
“We got more experience [in the AFC Cup], though we were knocked out. These experiences allow the players to learn new techniques, to work together and to improve,” he said.
The coach, who led NagaWorld to the 2018 league title, said that he was impressed with how his players used dead-ball situations against physically imposing opposition
Elsewhere, Phnom Penh Crown were unlucky in a match they very much dominated for large parts of the game as they fell to a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Soltilo Angkor.
Crown’s new coach Sum Vanna had given fans hope after winning his first game in charge last weekend – an emphatic 3-0 win. However, they were soon brought back down to earth as Soltilo’s Saroth hit a 16th minute winner.