Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng continued their undefeated season prevailing 5-2 on Sunday evening’s Metfone C-League matchup against six-time champs Phnom Penh Crown.
Crown went ahead early in the game with a Dzarma Bata giving the hosts the lead with 5,863 watching on at the Smart RSN Stadium.
However, Suon Sovan and Sareth Krya notched two goals to give Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng a 2-1 lead going into the half-time break.
In a busy second half, Jonny Campbell, Jean Privat Mbarga, and Hoy Phallin gave the visitors a four-goal cushion before Paulo Victor pulled a goal back for Crown.
Crown have invested heavily in attack, bringing in fan favourite Shane Booysen and Dzarma Bata but Crown’s defense looked decidedly shaky against the talents of the lethal Mbarga.
Crown coach Sum Vanna blamed a lack of confidence for the loss.
The Phnom Penh Crown coach told ppcfc.com “We had planned and applied our tactics well during the training sessions, but in the actual game the situation was different. Then we lost communication between defenders and midfielders, and we also lost confidence, he said.
“They are a strong team and a high-quality team. They did well as a team from the goalkeeper, defense, midfield, and attack. They kept their quality of play for the entire game.”
The win keeps PKR on top of the table with a record of 14 wins, 3 draws and no losses. With Irish coach Conor Nestor at the helm, it looks difficult to see anyone challenge their dominance as they look to secure a first league title since 2013.They hold a five-point cushion over nearest challengers NagaWorld.
The casino side also turned up to win on Sunday securing all three points in a straightforward 3-0 defeat of Soltilo Angkor. They led by two goals at half-time before Atuheire Kipson capped the performance with a third.