Sunday, July 12, 2009

Form-book overturned

Tith Dina's 25 yard screamer put Phuchung Neak in front against the league leaders
New signing Wilson Weyinmi Mene popped up to net Phuchung's 2nd goal
This weekend has been pretty much a case of work, football, sleep, football and more sleep. I did manage a couple of drinks with Eric who was down in the big city again from Siem Reap where his own Hello Darling exhibition at his 4FACES gallery is going down a treat. And apart from spotting Robert Petit, the chief prosecutor at the Khmer Rouge trials who has just resigned, in his Danger Mines! t-shirt in Cafe Fresco, it was all pretty quiet. It's Sunday evening and I'm just re-running the Dengue Fever dvd Sleepwalking, which is a really good watch I must say. This afternoon I was at Olympic again, in the stifling heat and humidity, to watch top v bottom in the Cambodian Premier League. I've said it before, but hats off to these guys for producing reasonable quality football at one of the hottest times of the day. And the first half-hour of the Preah Khan Reach - the league leaders - and Phuchung Neak clash had a bit of everything. Preah Khan have been out front in the league since the start of the season whilst the Navy side have managed just 1 point so far and looked destined for the drop. The game began according to form with Preah Khan hitting the post twice before Phuchung stunned everyone, including themselves with 2 goals in as many minutes. A Tith Dina screamer and a mid-air volley from new boy Wilson Weyinmi Mene was a double sucker blow to the leaders, who pulled one back on the half-hour through Olisa Emeka Onyemerea, and then levelled matters through the same player just after the interval. 2-2 was the final result, a moral victory for the league's basement side if their celebrations were anything to go by. In the second game, I must admit to nearly nodding off on a few occasions - my excuse, it was so hot and the game didn't exactly merit paying it too much attention. Though I had to keep my eyes open, I was reporting on the game for the Phnom Penh Post. Star of the show in Build Bright's 2-nil stroll over Post Tel was mid-season transfer window signing, Augustine Ogbeide Ogbni. He was involved in all the best stuff, doing most of it on his own and netted the first goal after just nine minutes of his debut. BBU settled it early doors after the break through Oriola Adeseye Ogunsano.
Phuchung Neak, before they gave Preah Khan a run for their money
CPL leaders Preah Khan couldn't have expected such stiff opposition
Another in my series of pre-match toss-ups by referee Thong Chankethya, a regular face in the middle at CPL games
Build Bright's two goalscorers take a breather; Augustine Ogbeide Ogbni (left) and Oriola Adeseye Ogunsano
Build Bright United line up before taking on Post Tel



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,
pls post a whole series on the Peanut Princess, then I'll give you the green light to go on as usual with your gallery of ugly soccer brutes. Oouchh! - Lawrence

July 15, 2009 at 7:30 AM  

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