PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – National Police Commissary FC put a stop to Boeung Ket Angkor FC’s miraculous eight game winning run in the Metfone C-League, as they held Prak Sovannara’s men to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday afternoon.
In a tight game at the Old Stadium, the Police defense did what few teams had been able to do this season, successfully shackling the leagues’ 23-goal top scorer Chan Vathanaka.
Police, who this weekend garnered a fortunate draw against Phnom Penh Crown FC, played the game deep in their own half, giving the league’s top team plenty of time with the ball in order to launch swift and incisive counter-attacks should they lose the ball.
Police reaped the rewards of such tactics as Nigerian midfielder Oseika Samuel put his side ahead, against the run of play, in the 38th minute.With all one-way traffic, it was inevitable that Boeung Ket would find an equalizer. It fell to national team striker Khuon Laboravy to level the match in the 90th minute, preserving his side’s undefeated status.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, league champions Crown secured a superb 3-1 win at Svay Rieng, as the visitors came from a goal down to defeat the Hun Sen Cup holders.
Dzarma Bata put the hosts ahead in the very first minute, although three second- half goals from Keo Sokpheng, Leng Makara and a stoppage time finish from Sos Suhana kept the champions breathing down the neck of Boeung Ket at the top of the standings.
Kouch Sokumpheak was the hero for NagaWorld FC as the national team captain scored a spectacular hat-trick to help his side to a 6-0 drubbing of Build Bright United at Bati Centre. Sokumpheak’s efforts were complemented by strikes from Khim Borey, Barry Lelouma and Kabuaki Ban.
At Western Stadium, Privat Mbarga hit a hat-trick to give Cambodian Tiger FC a valuable three points over hosts Western Phnom Penh FC. The winning goal from Mbarga came at the death as Western – despite goals from Mathew Osas and Prom Yaneth – were handed their sixth straight defeat.
CMAC United grabbed their second win in their short history with a 2-1 victory over National Defense Ministry in one of two Thursday afternoon kickoffs. In the final Thursday fixture, George Kelechi and Chhang Hai sealed a 2-1 win for Asia Euro United over the still-winless Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.