PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – An almost faultless performance from Cambodia in their second group game against Brunei saw the Kingdom’s young footballers top group A in the Asean Football Federation Under-19 Youth Championship currently underway in Vientiane, Laos.
Cambodia, which had held competition hosts Laos, in their opening game on Saturday, proved an irresistible force for their Bruneian counterparts, succumbing to a lopsided 5-1 defeat on Monday evening at the National Sports Complex in the Lao capital.
Sath Rosib turned in a man-of-the-match performance, opening his tournament goal tally in just the ninth minute by firing the first goal past Brunei keeper Muhammad Ishyra Asmin Mohd Jabidi. He added a second in the 39th before teammate Son Vandeth put the young Angkor Warriors up three goals by halftime.
The second-half proved less fruitful for the Cambodian forward line as the Bruneians tightened up their defense under the onslaught. Nevertheless, Chin Vannak and Touch Roma were able to plunder two more goals for Cambodia as they put themselves five goals up with only fifteen minutes left to play.
With little hope of coming back from such a scoreline, there proved to be a respite of sorts for Brunei as Maldivian referee Ahmed Sifan Abdul Raheem awarded a late penalty. Captain Mohammad Akif Bin Roslan dispatched the ball past Cambodian keeper Um Sereirath to give his side a goal.
Cambodia will next meet the Philippines in their third group game on Friday at 4 pm, a game which will be screened live on PNN.
Thai’s Shade Hosts
Elsewhere at the tournament on Monday, Thailand got their campaign off to a positive start with a win in their opening group game. The championship favorites were fortunate to sneak past hosts Laos, snatching the three points with a victory coming courtesy of a double from Jakkit Wachpirom.
Sithavong Phanvongsa hit back for Laos, although the Thai win proved inevitable as the hosts stuttered in front of goal, unable to prevent a 2-1 Thai win.
Seniors in Thai Trip
Meanwhile, the senior Cambodian national contingent flew to Thailand on Tuesday for a series of warm-up games ahead of their impending September FIFA 2018 Russia World Cup group qualifiers against Japan and Syria.
It is expected the senior side will face a top-tier Thai league side as well as the Laos national team before flying out to Japan later in the week.