Cambodia pummel Timor
It was all one-way traffic but with Borey and Sokumpheak squandering chances left right and center, O'Donell decided on some fresh legs and sent on Khuon Laboravy and Nov Soseila. Both players did well to quicken the pace. On 81 minutes goal number three finally arrived. Keo Sokngorn took his chance well after Sokumpheak again did the donkey-work. A minute later Sokumpheak had his head in his hands again, when he sidefooted a great chance wide of the target but made amends with three minutes to go when even he couldn't miss, after Laboravy had hassled the Timorese defence. In the last minute Timor grabbed their moment of glory with a volley that caught Samreth Seiha napping, their first shot on target all game. Four goals, good performance, could've done with a wider winning margin but the big loss is Sun Sovannarith. The skipper picked up a silly yellow card late on and will miss Tuesday's game against Malaysia. It was his 2nd booking in as many games. His experience will be a loss.
As the game ended and I raced back down to pitchside, that's when I cama a cropper and my head is still spinning this morning. My eye looks like I've been in the ring with a Cambodian kickboxer. That'll teach me to look where I'm running. I had a quick drink with the Cambodian coaching staff this morning in town, before they returned to the Village for a meeting to discuss the Malaysian team's antics at yesterday's game with Vietnam. I didn't see it but I'm told they players virtually attacked the referee at the end of their 3-1 defeat to Vietnam, after he sent off one of their players. Any disciplinary action the Games committee take may be helpful to Cambodia, who now meet Malaysia in a make or break game tomorrow.
I have a stack of photos to post but the internet connection is on a go-slow today and I also have to get going to two games at Chao Anouvong. Myanmar v Singapore and Indonesia v Laos. Both games are in Group B, not in Cambodia's group but it's just around the corner and free for the press. I'd be stupid not to go.
Cambodia U23 line-up: Seiha, Rady, Sovannarith (capt), Tiny, Rithy (83m Dara), Narith, Sothearath (63m Soseila), Borey, Sokngorn, Chhaya (57m Laboravy), Sokumpheak.