Crown meet CMAC as BK face life without McGlynn

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Phnom Penh Crown face CMAC on Sunday as the C-League enters its halfway point. KT / Yeun Punlue

Former C-League champions Phnom Penh Crown, currently fifth in the C-League standings, will continue their assault on the top four against CMAC at the Army Stadium on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile defending champions, Boeung Ket will attempt to shake off the disappointment of losing head coach John McGlynn in their Sunday afternoon meeting with National Police.
The C-League, Cambodia’s top-tier football competition, enters its midway point this weekend.
A further 11 games are to be played by all teams ahead of the post-season playoffs.
Crown, led by Ukrainian Oleg Starynski, let a two-goal lead slip against second-placed Ministry of National Defense last weekend.
Leading by two goals, they succumbed to a 3-2 loss at the Army Stadium.
The result sent coach Starynski’s youngsters down to fifth in the hunt for the playoffs and an unprecedented seventh C-League title.
Boasting a youthful side, Crown, six-time Metfone C-League champions, recently bolstered their attacking options with the signing of South Korean striker, Gisung Yeon earlier this week.
The 27-year-old is in contention for a starting spot as loing as his registration papers are cleared in time by the Football Federation of Cambodia.
Before Crown take to the Army stadium pitch, Boeung Ket attempt to allay fans’ fears in their afternoon meeting with Police.
BK are without a permanent head coach after the departure of John McGlynn earlier this week, bringing down the curtain on the Australian’s second tenure at the helm of the defending Metfone C-League champions.
 “Boeung Ket announce the split with coach John McGlynn by mutual agreement,” said the club.
“Everyone at the club would like to thank John for contributions, his work with the club and wish him success in the coming years.”
McGlynn had replaced C-League winning coach Prak Sovannara, who left the club ahead of this season.
It appears the Australian resigned because he felt unable to continue as several isssues over his contract remained unresolved.
The news came after BK were eliminated from Group F of the 2017 AFC Cup.
McGlynn’s assistant coach Hao Socheat has taken over in a caretaker capacity.
 The The Rubbermen recorded a 2-1 win over CMAC in their last C-League outing, seeing off their former coach on a positive note.
In Sunday’s other afternoon fixture Kirivong Sok Sen Chey, bottom of the standings and still searching for their first victory of the season, welcome Nagaworld to the Kirivong Stadium.
Tomorrow’s highlight sees  top-of-the-table Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng attempt to regain their momentum after a first defeat of the season byNagaworld last weekend.
They were downed 3-1 thanks to Nagaworld hotshot Atuheire Kipson.
The Rwandan currently heads the scoring charts on 13 goals with 10 matches played.
Second-placed Army face newly-promoted Electricite du Cambodge.
The Siem Reap-based Cambodian Tiger play Western and will be chasing a second straight win.

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