PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The Bisan-Booysen juggernaut struck again as Phnom Penh Crown FC’s African contingent helped the side power their way to a 5-3 victory on Saturday in their Metfone C-League game against Western Phnom Penh FC at the Western Stadium.
With their team in second-place in the standings due to Boeung Ket Angkor FC’s superior goal difference, Crown’s African duo was in no mood to take prisoners.
Nigerian striker George Bisan opened the floodgates early when in the game’s 15th minute he scored one goal to put the champions ahead. The 24-year-old rose highest in the box to meet teammate Va Sokthorn’s pinpoint right-wing cross, and duly powered his header into the far post for Crown’s first.
Shane Booysen, who had earlier come close to scoring with a left-wing effort which struck the bar, then provided the assist for Bisan’s second in the 30th minute. Bisan displayed his predatory goal-scoring instincts once more as he buried Booysen’s left-wing cross beyond Peng Bunchy in the Western goal with a textbook header for his second goal of the game and his 13th of the season.
Booysen, a South African import signed in February, got on the score sheet courtesy of a penalty prior to half-time. The 26-year-old winger duly converted the 41st minute penalty to put Crown ahead 3-0 by halftime.
Western, now three goals down, entered the fray in the second-half reenergized and eager to take the game to the visitors.
Western forward Mohammad Tijani pulled a goal back for the hosts, firing a speculative effort from outside the box, beating Crown custodian Yok Ary.
With ten minutes remaining, Booysen added a second to his tally. A poor punt forward from the Western defense was seized upon by the Crown midfield. Keo Sokngon then put Booysen through to bag his side’s fourth goal of the game.
However, a breathless final period saw three further goals as a Tijani header grabbed a second for Western before Booysen completed his hat-trick, driving the ball home from a Kouch Dani cross.
With Crown cruising to the win, Mathew Osa hit the game’s final goal with a right-footed strike from outside the box.
The win is Crown’s seventh successive victory as they go neck and neck with Boeung Ket at the top of the table. Western, meanwhile, after a promising start to the season, has floundered to their third successive home loss.
Elsewhere in the weekend C-League action, the stuttering Cambodian Tiger FC recorded a 2-1 win over NagaWorld FC, a win coming courtesy of goals from Cameroonian Privat Mbarga and fellow midfielder Suong Virak.
Naga’s Ngwa Baldwin Afa’nwi – otherwise known as Afa – scored for Naga, although an injury to teammate Sok Rithy rubbed salt in Naga’s wounds. The defender – who is also a regular fixture on the national team – suffered a painful wrist injury and is set to sit out Naga’s upcoming games against National Defense Ministry and Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.
Kirivong SSC, who in their last game had given a solid account of themselves in a 5-2 loss against the league champions, failed to gain their first win of the season as they lost to Build Bright United, their seventh loss in this campaign alone. The club currently inhabits 12th place in the league, at the bottom of the standings with a solitary point to their name.