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MCL 2020: Boeung Ket versus NagaWorld match ends in draw

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Forward Sieng Chanthea tries to run through the defence put up by NagaWorld FC defender Chhorn Dara. KT/Yeun Punleau

The Boeung Ket football club versus NagaWorld FC match in the Metfone Cambodian League 2020 this weekend ended in a draw with both teams scoring one goal apiece after 90 minutes.

Boeung Ket FC, which were coming off a win over Visakha FC, actually trailed to start the game. Last week, new South African recruit Mothusi Gopane led Boeung Ket FC to a 1-0 win over Visakha FC.

NagaWorld FC, for their part, are coming off a 2-1 win against National Police FC. In that game, both teams were tied for most of the match, before a stoppage time winner propelled NagaWorld FC to the top.

Both teams started slow and were unable to convert scoring opportunities early on. But then towards the middle of the first half, things began to turn NagaWorld FC’s way.

NagaWorld’s relentless attacks finally paid off in the 20th minute when forward Yuta Naruse of Japan outpaced defender Tes Sambath, before unleashing the ball past goalie Hul Kimhuy and into the back of the net for a 1-0 NagaWorld lead.

It was only one of the few times that Hul was caught flat-footed in the match. The veteran goalie was later named as the “Best Player of the Match” for his superb goal-keeping that kept NagaWorld FC from running away with the win.

Hul told the local media after the match that they were disappointed at not getting the win. Boeung Ket FC, which is the reigning Hun Sen Cup holder, was favoured to win the match. But early miscues and a less-than aggressive attacking game put it in a hole early on.

Facing an early deficit, Boeung Ket FC tried to get back into the game. After failing to convert a few attempts at the goal minutes earlier, Boeung Ket FC finally tied the game in the 43rd minute courtesy of a Chan Vathanaka goal

Defender Sath Rosib sent a long cross to Chan, who deftly headed the ball past the NagaWorld FC keeper.

Both teams tried to pull ahead in the second half to no avail. Gopane also played well, but he was unable to score this time. The same could be said of forward Sieng Chanthea, who uncharacteristically failed to make his mark on the offensive end and also ended up scoreless.

The draw put Boeung Ket FC in fifth place, just a notch ahead of NagaWorld FC in the standings. So far, Boeung Ket FC has one win to go with two draws, while NagaWorld FC has so far registered a single win and a draw.

Close to 2,000 fans watched the game at the Cambodia Airways Stadium, the home of the Phnom Penh-based Boeung Ket FC.

In the other weekend games, EDC FC slipped past Bati Academy, 2-0; Phnom Penh Crown FC routed Asia Euro United, 6-0; Angkor Tiger FC beat Kirivong SokSenChey, 2-0; Visakha FC turned back Soltilo Angkor FC; and Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC walloped Iffy Army, 2-0.

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