NagaWorld FC’s lethal striker Atuheire Kipson struck a superb hat-trick to lead his side to a 4-1 win over Asia Europe United in Saturday’s Metfone C-League highlight at the Army Stadium.
The casino-backed side went into a commanding two goal lead after Sos Suhana struck in only the game’s third minute before Kipson doubled the lead minutes later. The deficit was reduced from the penalty spot by AEU’s African forward Dzarma Bata in first-half stoppage time.
The 24-year old Kipson continued to torment the AEU defenders in the second half converting two more goals to hand his side a valuable three points. With only two more regular season matches remaining the points will be vital as the team, currently second in the league table, chases one of only four playoff spots.
For Kipson – now with 24 goals – Saturday’s three strikes put him back on top of the pile in the chase for the C-League Golden Boot.
Saturday’s afternoon kick-off at Western Stadium saw Phnom Penh Crown deliver a 3-0 defeat to Western FC and keep alive their slim hopes for a playoff berth.
Crown were good value for the win with Shane Booysen ‘s smart 18th minute finish sending the visitors into half-time with the lead.
The South African then turned provider, assisting both Keo Sokpheng, in the game’s 70th minute, and then Keo Sokngon two minutes into stoppage time to hand Crown a vital three points.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Electricite du Cambodge and defending champions Boeung Ket travelled to Svay Rieng for their league clash with Boeung Ket returning 4-1 victors.
In yesterday’s afternoon meeting at the Siem Reap Stadium between Cambodian Tiger and National Police Commissary, the visiting Police side steamrollered the hosts going three goals up. Timothy Okereke scored a stoppage time consolation for Tiger.