NagaWorld’s chase for their second-consecutive title hit a bump on Sunday evening as they suffered a 3-2 reverse against Visakha during matchweek 12 of the Metfone C-League.
The loss could be one which coach Meas Channa will rue as NagaWorld were ahead for large parts of the game at Old Stadium.
Thanks to a stoppage time own goal and a 55th minute Esoh Omogba strike, Naga commanded a two-goal lead over their visitors. However, a second-half salvo from Hok Sochivorn’s Visakha saw Keo Sokpheng pulling a goal back before Pak Song Chol levelled the game only two minutes later. With NagaWorld now on the backfoot, Visakha forward Sary Matnorotin was well-placed to deliver the winning goal in the 81st minute – a superb – and unstoppable – strike after cutting inside from the left wing and smashing a bullet into the corner of Sou Yaty’s goal.
In a nine-goal thriller in Siem Reap, Soltilo Angkor also came from behind to snatch a 5-4 win over Boeung Ket. The visitors were 3-1 up at the break but Roth Samnang and a brace from Fumiya Kogure put the hosts back in the game before Ly Muslim grabbed the 89th minute winner.
Also on Sunday, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey hit 12 goals beyond hapless Kompong Cham, while National Police handed a 5-1 hiding to young Bati Academy U18s.
In the previous day’s matches, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng ensured they would go into matchweek 13 on the summit of the C-League courtesy of a Nub Tola brace away to Asia Euro United. The win sets them up with a five-point cushion over nearest rivals NagaWorld on second with 27 points.
Phnom Penh Crown had Brak Thiva to thank as the youngster notched the only goal of the game against Angkor Tiger at the RSN Smart Stadium to deliver a vital three points for his side. The defeat was only the second of the season for Tiger.
Ministry of National Defense registered a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Electricite du Cambodge.