Defending champions Boeung Ket’s impeccable domestic league record came to an abrupt end on Friday after the back-to-back champions suffered a first defeat of the season going down to Ministry of National Defense 2-0 in gameweek 16 of the Metfone C-League. Goals from Chhin Cheoun and Yoo Jae Ho secured all three points for the Army side.
“Today’s game was tense, especially in the second half,” said Ministry of National Defense coach Phea Sopheaktra. “However, at half-time we saw how well we played in the first half. We played well. In particular, our attack has improved. That’s why we had chances to score.”
“In the second half, they made it difficult for us to score,” said Sopheaktra . “They added players in the second half who could hold the ball and launch attacks. So, we had to defend more against that in the second half.”
Also on Friday, NagaWorld and Phnom Penh Crown presided over another cotentious result as Naga edged the six-time champs 2-1. Naga’s Suong Virak scored the winner in second-half stoppage time blasting a winner beyond the Crown keeper in the 92nd minute. Virak, despite appearing to be offside, managed to bring down the ball from his teammates punt forward, maintain his composure and slot home the game winning goal.
In international action, Cambodia’s Under-15s were edged 1-0 by their Vietnamese counterparts yesterday, on the opening day of the AFF Under-15 Youth Championships in Indonesia.
Cambodia find themselves in Group A alongside Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Philippines, and host Indonesia. Group B consists of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Laos.
They next meet the Philippines, Timor Leste and Myanmar, before a final group game against hosts Indonesia on August 6.
The top two teams from each group will play out semifinals on August 9, with the final scheduled for August 11. Cambodia’s participation in last years regional championships in Thailand was disappointing.
The youngsters, slumped to a 4-2 defeat by Malaysia in their final group game. Cambodia finished third in group B with two wins and three losses.