Prey Veng Football Club slipped past Tboung Khmum FC to win the provincial title in the 2020 Hun Sen Cup.
Prey Veng FC had a hard time defeating the defending champions but ultimately prevailed 1-0 during their championship match at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.
Both teams went scoreless in the first half, before striker Vuth Tola came through early in the second half to put Prey Veng ahead, 1-0.
It was a brilliant display for Vuth, who is already one of the top goal-scorers in the Hun Sen Cup with five goals to his credit. He is also among the 38 young players called up for the Cambodian U-19 National Football
Tboung Khmum FC, which won the provincial crown last year, counter-attacked relentlessly to no avail as the Prey Veng FC backline held them at bay.
Actually, Tboung Khmum FC had a slight edge in the stats. The team was awarded more corners (five to three), had more attempts at the goal (16 to 14) and more shots on target (six to four).
For winning the championship, Prey Veng FC received a trophy, medals and 15 million riels ($3,662) cash prize from the organisers. Tboung Khmum FC, meanwhile, brought home 7.5 million riels ($1,831) cash prize.
Kep FC beat Siem Reap FC, 3-0, earlier that afternoon to win the third place. Kep FC received 5 million riels ($1,220) cash prize.
Among the prominent people who graced the occasion were Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) president Gen Sao Sokha and Gen Dy Vichea, deputy police chief, who is also the treasurer of the FFC.
Shortly after his team lost in the championship game, Tboung Khmum FC coach Phorn Raksmey Pich announced that he is resigning from his post. Phorn, who steered the team to the championship last year, cited a ‘new job’ as reason for his abrupt resignation.
The provincial stage of the 2020 Hun Sen Cup started in February with 15 teams on board. It was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic before resuming last month.
With the provincial stage over, the tournament will now move on to the national stage.
The top four teams in the provincial stage will compete with 12 teams (except National Football Academy) playing in the top-tier Metfone Cambodian League.
The Hun Sen Cup, which is named after Prime Minister Hun Sen, is Cambodia’s premier knockout football competition. It has been held every year since 2007.