Sunday, February 21, 2010

Casino teams go through

Phnom Penh Crown looking mean and moody before beating Wat Phnom 5-1 though I don't know why the guys in the front row have to place their hand on their teammates upper thigh - very weird
Now for a look at yesterday's Hun Sen Cup quarter-finals where Phnom Penh Crown dominated their game against Wat Phnom from start to finish, winning 5-1. Crown striker Heng Sokly should've netted a hatful. Instead, he rolled a couple of chances agonizingly wide early doors before finally finishing with some aplomb late on. Crown's national team centre-half Tieng Tiny netted twice in the 1st half, one a delicious curling free-kick from the edge of the box and his 2nd, a penalty after Chan Chhaya had fallen over theatrically when challenged by Wat Phnom's keeper Pov Reaksa. In between, Wat Phnom levelled when Crown's Peng Bunchhay, who looked a bag of nerves throughout the game, spilled a routine catch from a corner at the feet of Ry Phearoeun, who rifled home. After the break, Hong Ratana dived full-length to head in a spectacular effort and Srey Veasna and Heng Sokly completed the rout. Referee Yien Kivatanak had a quiet second game in the middle, after his dramatic debut a couple of weeks ago when he sent off 4 Kirivong players.
The Naga trio of Teab Vatanak, Sun Sovannrithy and Om Thavrak stood out in their 6-0 demolishion of Build Bright United. Vatanak netted a 4-goal haul in the 2nd half, Sun Sovannrithy, in his new unfamiliar striking role, scored two and set up two more, whilst Om Thavrak kept Naga in the game in the 1st half when BBU briefly flourished. It was a good day for Vatanak, who has overcome a career-threatening knee injury and showed his goal-poaching instincts to sink BBU and give Naga a mouthwatering semi-final match-up with fellow-casino sponsored Crown (and a repeat of last year's final).
Referee Yien Kivatanak had a good day at the office, only booking 2 players, in his 2nd match in the middle. Here he gets the toss-up right as well.
Naga Corp in a kit I've never seen before, prior to their 6-0 win over BBU. Teab Vatanak (10) netted 4 goals.
Continuing my series of 'Great toss-ups of the Weekend' - this one captures that particular moment of joy between the captains of BBU and Naga



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teab Vatanak is my hero until now.I love the way he shot on target with high technic.I saw Mr.Scott watching this game.I really really hope that the coach select him to the national team because he is the best.

Sun Sovannarithy play as a striker is a good idea because he will cause the opponent defender problem but he has to increase his shoot power and technic.
How about you Andy.
What do you think ?


February 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Scott, the national team coach, watches all the cup and league matches and also goes to see the club sides' train too. he's well aware of the talents of Teab Vatanak as he was in his national squad in Scott's previous term in charge. Following his injury, Vatanak should get a full season under his belt again this time around, and can press his claims to be included in the national team later this year.
Sun Sovannrithy's inclusion as a striker for his club is interesting. With his talents he can literally play anywhere and with the non-inclusion of the foreign contingent for the cup matches, he's been thrown into the fray in attack. And he's done well to-date. I'm not sure his long-term future is in attack, I would be inclined to have him play wide, but it will be interesting to see where his club coach thinks he is best suited.

February 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

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