Boeung Ket hold Magwe in AFC Cup

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Magwe FC and Boeung Ket Angkor FC had a draw in their AFC Cup group match. Courtesy Boeung Ket Angkor Courtesy Boeung Ket Angkor

Defending Metfone C-League champions Boeung Ket Angkor could not find a way past Myanmar National League side Magwe FC in their Wednesday AFC Cup Asean group stage clash in Yangon, Myanmar.
 
Boeung Ket could not repeat the home win in March 14 in which they hosted and defeated the MNL side 1-0 at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium.
 
Coach John McGlynn’s Boeung Ket set their stall up early as Cambodian national team forward Khuon Laboravy and Brazilian attacker Maycon Calijuri peppered the home side goal with a flurry of early shots. However, as the game wore on Magwe imposed their home advantage as Guinean forward Sekou Sylla wasted a slew of opportunities to put his side in front. The visitors weathered the storm and were fortunate to go into the half-time break.
 
After a goalless first period, Boeung Ket edged ahead in the 61st minute after Laboravy finished finely with his left boot after evading the attentions of the Magwe backline.
 
However, their lead was not to last as Sylla equalized a mere minute later after the Boeung Ket defense dealt horrendously with a high ball into the box.
 
With time running out, both sides went on the hunt for the match winner and with the tempo raised, the likelihood of defensive lapses increased. Magwe went down to ten men after defender Henry Micheal was shown a straight red card after a rash challenge on Maycon just ten minutes before the end of the normal time.
 
Despite the advantage Boeung Ket were unable to capitalize as the clubs shared the points at the final whistle. Coach McGlynn, speaking in the post-match press conference said that while he was disappointed his side could not hold on for the win, the circumstances meant a draw was a fair result. Boeung Ket stay on third with four points from four games and now await the April 19 visit of  Malaysian superclub Johor Darul Ta’zim.
 
The result leaves Magwe rooted to the bottom of the group with only two points in four games.

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