Police stun Naga, Kirivong riot
C-League campaign with a well merited 2-1 victory over traditional
heavyweights Naga Corp at Olympic Stadium yesterday.
|Kirivong’s Meak Chhordaravuth’s scores his side’s second goal during their match against Prek Pra yesterday. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun|
spirited show of controlled aggression and creativity upfront, the
Police rallied superbly back to first level an early Naga goal and then
assume command late in the game to earn three precious points.
snap goal by Naga frontliner Chin Chum came as a counter punch after
their opposition had missed the target more than once. But the former
league champions found the going progressively tougher as the novices
began to string together several promising moves after the resumption.
Naga appeared to have fallen back on the defence of that narrow lead,
the Police were piling on relentless pressure. The breakthrough came
for the Division A1 winners, when Long Nasy threaded
his way through to polish off a splendid solo effort in style.
ball continued to roll in favour of the Police, even as Naga forwards
took a couple of pot shots. But the goal that mattered came off the
boot of an alert and circumspect Soy Piseth, who tapped the ball in
after some anxious exchanges insides the six-yard box.
|Naga Corp’s Kop Isa (left) vies with Sob Ravy of National Police Commissary. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun|
out of it was more a warning shot to the rest that a team to reckon
with has arrived.
Sen Chey narrowly missed the Super 4 playoffs cut last year, but the
fifth place finishers were bang on target in their league opener
against Prek Pra Keila
was striker Nelson Oladiji’s imposing presence that was the root of the
problem for the Prek Pra defence. The lofty Nigerian was unlucky to
slam the upright and scrape the paint off the cross bar in the first
half, but midway through the second session he produced a telling
header to put Kirivong ahead.
by Meak Chhordaravuth, with Oladiji back to round off the tally in
injury time. There were two narrow squeaks for Kirivong when Prek Pra
attackers You Arafat and Sos Souhana attempted shots from the top of
the box, but both were sprayed wide.