KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Jonny Campbell and Svay Rieng romped to a win to leave them one game away from an unbeaten season in Cambodia while Mix Diskerud and Ulsan Hynundai inched closer to the K League 1 title.
Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng are on the path to immortality as they romped to a 6-1 win over Asia Euro United at the Sports Complex Svay Rieng to leave them one game away from achieving an unbeaten season.
After securing the league title last weekend, Jonny Campbell and his teammates were not intent on sitting back and just enjoying the moment. They know too well that their mission is not complete until the final game comes on November 1, and they made a statement in this game that no one is going to stop them from finishing the season without a single loss.
The game was goalless for the half hour, but that changed in the 37th minute when Privat Mbarga scored with a spot kick after his teammate, Nub Tola, was brought down in the area by AEU defender Keo Sarath.
Privat doubled the host's lead three minutes later when Sok Samnang played the ball into the area for the Cameroonian to slot past goalkeeper Pich Rovinyothin.
The forward completed his hat-trick before the halftime whistle as this time he curled his shot past the outstretched hands of Rovinyothin.
With a comfortable lead going into the second half, anyone would think Svay Rieng would take it easy. However, they kept their foot on the gas and did not let up one bit until the final whistle. Sok Samnang went on to score the team's fourth goal of the game just before the hour mark with a strike that hit the roof of the net.
Hoy Phallin would then follow up with a goal of his eight minutes later as he finished off a cross from Privat on the left side of the field.
Svay Rieng's defense held steady for most of the game, but they would concede a goal to AEU in the 75th minute when Lay Raksmey's shot from long range hit the back of the net.
But a comeback was not in the cards for the visitors as the champions were too much to handle. And Privat put an end to the game five minutes from time with his fourth goal on the night as he put his shot away into the open net.
A celebration worthy of champions took place at the end of the game as Campbell and Svay Rieng lifted the C-League trophy. However, one more game awaits as they look to become the invincibles of Cambodia.
Svay Rieng will take on third place team NagaWorld on Nov. 1 to wrap up the season.
Ulsan Hyundai extended their lead atop the K League 1 standings over the weekend with a 2-1 win over Gangwon at the Ulsan Sports Complex Stadium.
Mix Diskerud started the game and played 70 minutes as the Tigers continue their quest to regain the title after a long drought.
And the host did not have to wait long to open the scoring as Junior Negao put one away just three minutes in when goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu's kick was headed on by Joo Min-Kyu for he Brazilian to slam home.
The forward double Ulsan's lead seven minutes later when he was on the spot to head in a cross from Kim Tae-Hwan on the right side.
Gangwon did pull one back in first-half stoppage time after the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty when Ulsan's Kang Min-Soo brought down Nemanja Bilbija in the area. The Bosnian then stepped up to convert from the spot.
There would be no goals in the second half as Ulsan Hyundai chalked up another win to put more pressure on their nearest rivals Jeonbuk Motors, who could only muster up a tie in their game.
Ulsan Hyundai remains in first place in the standings with 75 points, three ahead of Jeonbuk.