Cambodia - Temples, Books, Films and ruminations...by Andy Brouwer
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Sophal Udom, Khemara's hat-trick hero against Prek Pra Keila
Sunday saw the last two Hun Sen Cup final 16 ties with both Khemara and Preah Khan Reach easing through with 5-0 victories. They'll now face each other in the QF's in two weeks time. Prek Pra Keila faced the more famous Keila in the shape of Khemara and despite the vocal support of their mainly Muslim supporters, it was Khemara who drew first blood just before half time. Sophal Udom netted before and after the interval and again in injury time to claim a hat-trick, with Ty Bunvicheth netted a couple of goals in between. Even without the suspended Kuoch Sokumpheak, Khemara were way too strong for the CPL newcomers. I must highlight one serious moment when Khemara keeper Mak Theara struck an opponent with a scorpion kick as he collected the ball. The same thing happened in one of yesterday's games. If the goalkeeper collects the ball and in doing so, brings both of his legs over his back and into the body of an opponent, it's a penalty. The referees have got to cut this out before someone gets badly injured. So far they've taken no action at all.
In the second game, unfortunately it was spoiled as a spectacle when on 12 minutes referee Neang Sorithya totally over-reacted to a challenge by Oddar Meanchey's Sob Ravy and couldn't wait to wave the red card. A really crap decision which gave the underdogs a mountain to climb. They couldn't overcome the setback though Preah Khan didn't really settle the tie until late on, though in truth they missed a hatful. With 7 national players in their line-up, PKR should've racked up a cricket score. Heang Saravuth netted twice but missed a sitter from a yard and had another three ruled out for offside. Other goals went to Sam El Nasa, Tum Saray and Khuon Laboravy.
Khemara Keila line up before today's game
Prek Pra Keila receive last minute instructions from the match referee
Preah Khan Reach, easy 5-0 winners against Oddar Meanchey
Heang Saravuth chipped in with 2 goals against Oddar Meanchey for PKR