The Metfone C-League ‘Clasico’ match between Boeung Ket and Phnom Penh Crown at Smart RSN Stadium on Sunday evening did not disappoint with the highly charged duel between two of the kingdom’s most decorated club sides ending 4-4 on the night.
South African forward Shane Booysen notched a brace on his return to Crown with fellow new arrival Dzarma Bata also getting himself on the scoresheet. Mao Piseth was also on target for Crown although two goals each from Boeung Ket’s Chan Vathanaka and Julius Oiboh meant the spoils were shared in a captivating clash of titans.
“I think it is the greatest match of the C-League [in] 2019, Crown coach Vanna told the clubs’ website. “Two teams were fighting to win in the positive ways. Famous players also played and scored for their teams.”
Vanna said that while tactically, the players followed his instructions well, concentration was lacking.
“We applied the build-up play and were a bit aggressive, but we were lack of concentration on defending Boeung Ket’s third goal that was scored by Julius Oiboh and another goal from the set play,” he said.
Hao Socheat, coach of Boeung Ket said his young team struggled with the pace of the game and blamed poor fitness and stamina.
“Today’s game we think it was a very tough game for us, and it is also a game where we had to expend a lot of energy,” he said. The players were fine at the end of the first half, but as the game went on we struggled.”
“We cannot say that if we did not get a red card [for Sleh Sen] that we would have won, but [perhaps] the result would have been better,” he added.
Boeung Ket wing-back Sen received a second yellow card for a challenge on Crown’s Brak Thiva but Crown coach Vanna backed the referee’s decision.
“The referee did a good job as he tried his best to be fair for both sides, said Vanna, “And he is 100 per cent correct to send Sleh Sen off. It’s a fair decision.”
For returning hero Booysen, he struck a sombre mood in his post-match comments on social media; “Not the result we wanted but happy with my team’s performance. I thank God for two goals and one assist. Feels good to be home. Thank PPCFC fans for the support. Let’s Keep Going Red Singhas, reads the post.
The result leaves Boeung Ket comfortably on fifth in the standings two points ahead of rivals Crown. Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng still top the table and remain undefeated after registering their 11th win of the season on Saturday.
In Sunday’s other late clash, defending champions NagaWorld recorded a 6-1 win over Asia Euro United to keep the pace on the table-toppers.