After rain delayed their match for over an hour, Phnom Penh Crown went out eager to record a win to maintain their challenge for a top four finish in the Metfone C-League.
Crown took the lead early on Sunday evening at RSN Stadium, with recent-Brazilian acquisition Valci Junior hitting his second in as many games in the 17th minute.
However, Crown unraveled in the second half after Japanese defender Yudai Ogawa leveled the tie after the restart. They then delivered a further four goals in a punishing second half for Crown to finish 5-1 to Army.
Speaking after the match, Crown coach Sean Sainsbury lashed out at perceived poor refereeing decisions. “It’s strange that they had 11 men on the pitch. There was a blatatant elbow on one of my players which should have been a red card, said the Englishman.
“I also saw one of their players spit atour player. And there were a number of bad offences but the referee just didn’t want to seem to protect us.”
Crown now sit fifth position in the standings, six points behind fourth-placed Army.
Also on Sunday, Soltilo Angkor scraped by with a 1-0 win over Asi Europe United, while Visakha impressed in a 4-1 victory over Angkor Tiger.
In Saturday’s action, defending champions Boeung Ket swatted away Western to stay at summit of the standings.
Boeung Ket’s triumvirate of Julius Oiboh, Esoh Paul Omogba, and Maycon Calijuri all got on the scoresheet as they delivered a 5-1 win. Faizal Nizal got a consolation goal for lowly Western.
Meanwhile, NagaWorld continue to chase the league leaders racking up a victory over Electricite du Cambodge. George Bisan Mathew Osa scored in either half to setup a 2-0 win.
A win over the National Police helped Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng boost their confidence as they registered a handsome 4-0 win.
PKR coach Conor Nestor explained: “I am very proud of my team because they put in alot of effort. But we need some more time to gel.”