Monday, June 29, 2009

Preah Khan are still top dogs

Keo Kosal scored direct from a corner to put Preah Khan Reach ahead against Kirivong
17 year old Prak Mony Udom wrapped up the scoring in PKR's 3-nil win on Sunday
Sunday was a bit of a hectic day and I managed to get back into Phnom Penh and sat in my plastic chair in the 'press box' (a loose term by comparison to other press boxes around the world) at the Olympic Stadium just as Cambodian Premier League leaders Preah Khan Reach kicked off against Kiriviong. True to form, Preah Khan ran out deserved winners, going ahead with a goal direct from a corner by Keo Kosal, before Nuth Sinoun added a second on the stroke of half-time and Prak Mony Udom completed the 3-0 scoreline just before the end. They now lead the table by six points and played better today than on recent showings. The second game of the afternoon was a walk-over for Naga Corp, who move into 3rd place. Their opponents, lowly Post Tel had no answer to Naga's relentless pressure and were mauled 5-1, though they did take the lead through Gafar Adefolarin. Normal service was resumed when Teab Vathanak equalised with a close range header and the floodgates opened after the interval with goals from Sun Sovannarith, Pech Sina, Kim Chanbunrith (complete with bandaged head) and Vathanak again. This was Naga at their most fluent and an indicator that they will be in the mix come the end of the season. However, that's still some way off as after this Wednesday's games, the CPL takes a one-week mid-season break where the teams are allowed a transfer window to refresh their squads. We might see some interesting moves. Notable from yesterday's games was that eight of the nine goals scored came from Khmer players and only one from a foreign player - more of the same please.
A man in form, national player Teab Vathanak netted twice for Naga Corp
Naga Corp strike a pose with national skipper Kim Chanbunrith on the back row with his head bandaged after a midweek injury. Not sure what Pok Chanthan (12) is doing with his teammate's leg!
Post Tel come under the photographer's spotlight
The referee looks pleased to have caught his coin at the toss-up between Post Tel's Kun Kuon and Naga's Oum Thavrak (blue)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keo Kosal scored direct from a corner ?

Waouw .. i think it's maybe the goal of CPL09 !!

A direct corner, it is very rare !

Thank U for posts ;)

June 29, 2009 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

yes, straight in. and Keo Kosal went off dancing along the touchline as soon as he realised. the defender on the near post ducked to let it in!
We also had a goal direct from a corner a couple of weeks ago by Meas Channa of Naga Corp. There was a suspicion that the defender got a touch to that one, but it was given to Channa.
Also yesterday Kim Chanbunrith, the national capt, scored direct from a free-kick for Naga. I mention it as I've seen him take so many free kicks and not get any on target that it was a shock when this one went in! he had his head bandaged after a collision in their midweek game. Unusual to see a player BEGIN the match with his head covered in white tape!

June 29, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

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