Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng were in no mood for niceties as they ended their season on a high with a 3-0 thrashing of NagaWorld in Wednesday evening’s Hun Sen Cup final.
PKR fired back at their detractors with a convincing victory to regain the cup at the National Olympic Stadium.
Sok Samnang struck a fine double in a first-half dominated by coach Vandeth Sam’s men, sending PKR into the half-time break with a comfortable lead. A Hoy Phallin thunderbolt midway through the second half killed off any chance of an unlikely Naga fightback.
PKR and Naga had previously met in the final two years ago in February 2015 at the Svay Rieng Stadium in which the hosts defeated Naga 2-1 in last-gasp fashion – a goal from Nub Tola in the 90th minute securing the cup for the provincial club.
Despite the Cup win, the post-match press conference was dominated by talk of the departure of Svay Rieng talisman Prak Mony Udom. His club coach Vandeth, when asked about the prospect of Mony Udom’s transfer, said it would be a good thing for his growth – and financially lucrative.
“It’d be difficult for his family [for him to leave], but Keo Sokpheng and Chan Vathanaka are getting paid a lot,” noted coach Vandeth of the Cambodian national team duo now plying their trade in the Malaysian Super League.
Vathanaka, who signed up for Pahang FA, is rumoured to be on wages of more than $15,000 a month.
There was an unexpected result in the afternoon’s third place play-off as Electricite du Cambodge took Boeung Ket into extra time before triumphing in a 5-4 in the penalty shootout.
The cup, which debuted in 2007 and has since been played annually since, is the kingdom’s premier knockout competition. The inaugural trophy was won by the now defunct Khemara Keila.
Meanwhile, tomorrow will see the final of the almost 11-month long 2017 Metfone C-League season pitting Ministry of National Defense against defending champions Boeung Ket.
The Army are yet to claim Cambodian football’s top trophy, while Boeung Ket have two titles to their credit – and are favourites to claim a third.
Without the attacking talents of Chan Vathanaka, BK will rely on the inconsistent Khuon Laboravy to lead the attack. The Army can call on their fearsome North Korean triumvirate of Choe Myong-ho, Kim Hyong-hun and Ri Hyok-chol.