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Naga, Kirivong go forward

Kirivong Sok Sen Chey’s In Vichheka runs away from a tackle from a
Takeo player during their last 16 match of the 2011 Samdech Hun Sen Cup
yesterday at Olympic Stadium. Kirivong won the Takeo derby 4-1. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun
THE final two slots for the 2011 Samdech Hun Sen Cup quarterfinals were
filled yesterday at Olympic Stadium. Metfone C-League heavyweight Naga
Corp brushed aside provincial minnows Koh Kong 4-0 thanks to a 16
minute first-half blitz.

The visitors had their work cut out
from early on, losing their keeper Soup Phy to a persistant leg strain
after just ten minutes. His replacement, Chhin Leang Srun, struggled
with the standard and made several panicked clearances during the
contest.

On 23 minutes, Naga opened the scoring with experienced
striker Teab Vathanak heading home from a Meas Channa corner. Three
minutes later, and the roles were reversed as a Vathanak cross set up
Channa to double their lead.

Vathanak then curled a sublime free
kick over the wall and beyond the reach of the Koh Kong stopper from 25
metres out, and moments later Chin Chum got in on the fun with his own
goal to set an intimidating scoreline going into the break.

After the restart, Naga seemed far less imposing with Vathanak and Chum squandering half chances.

Naga
coach Prak Sovannara was delighted to see his side maintain their run
of clean sheets in the competition, and wished for another in the next
round.

Kirivong win battle of Takeo
In
yesterday late kickoff, provincial rivals Kirivong Sok Sen Chey and
Takeo played out an engaging match. Unsurprisingly, top tier outfit
Kirivong emerged 4-1 victors over their hometown rivals, although Takeo
had given a strong showing and had kept things at a stalemate up until
halftime.

Indeed, they could’ve been ahead with the best chance
coming from a Hy Sok Veng freekick from the left, which cannoned off
the crossbar only for Kirivong keeper Kem Makara to scoop it up off the
line.

Makara then had his heart in his mouth as he miskicked a passback but saw the ball dribble just wide of the post.

After
the interval, Kirivong started to take control with Seng Kom Sen
netting a neat freekick on 58 minutes, and Meak Chhordaravuth extending
their advantage minutes later.

Hy Sok Veng, who played with
Build Bright United last year, pegged one back for Takeo, before
teammate Yem Bros missed an opportunity to draw the sides level.

In
the 80th minutes, Kirivong hotshot grabbed the goal he was looking for
all match to equal Khounla Boravy of Preah Khan Reach on 16 goals from
the Cup campaign.

Boravy, who had turned up especially to
watch the game in the hope that Vichheka would fail to find the net,
expressed his displeasure from the stands at the thought of having to
share the one million riels (US$248) cash prize for the Golden Boot
with his national team roommate.

In the last minute of regulation time, Chhordaravuth sealed the victory with a strike to send Takeo packing.

Phnom Penh Post
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