KENYA BROWN - Monday, February 24, 2020
Jonny Campbell and Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC won their second game of the season in Cambodia's C-League as they held off Kirivong Sok Sen Chey FC.
Kirivong Sok Sen Chey 2-4 Svay Rieng
Svay Rieng's dominance in the C-League continued as they came away with the win over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey FC at the
Kirivong Sok Sen Chey Stadium in a tune-up game for their next AFC Cup encounter.
Jonny Campbell made his return to the starting line-up for the defending champions after serving a one-game suspension last weekend and went the distance.
The visitors had a scare early in the contest when Kirivong came close to opening the scoring from a free-kick. However, Svay Rieng's goalkeeper Om Oudom did well to make a double save.
Despite the early pressure from the host, Svay Rieng would break the scoreless deadlock in the 25th minute when Brazilian forward Pedro Augusto made a darting run into the area to head in a cross from teammate Prak Mony Udom.
Pedro doubled his and the team's tally 10 minutes later when he was released up the left side of the field with a through-ball and he comfortably curled his shot around the goalkeeper.
It was then Oudom's turn once again to show off his heroics as he once again was called in to make a save from another free-kick from Kirivong. A dangerous ball. but he did well to parry it as Campbell headed it out of danger.
Svay Rieng then extended their lead before the halftime whistle when Privat headed in their third. Chhin Chhoeun's corner kick would find the Cameroonian forward who slipped away from his marker to put his shot on target.
The champs continued their momentum in the second half as Privat scored his second of the game in the 50th minute. The Kirivong back-line was caught ball watching, leaving last season's top scorer unmarked to cooly tuck his shot into the back of the net.
Despite the commanding lead, Svay Reing did allow Kirivong to score two goals later in the game, but in the end, the visitors were too strong as they held on for the win.
Up next for Svay Rieng is Indonesia's Bali United in their second group game in the AFC Cup.
The J1 League kicked off over the weekend, with Ryo Germain getting the start for Vegalta Sendai as they shared the points with Nagoya Grampus following a 1-1 tie.
After playing with J2 League team Machida Zelvia last season, Japanese-American forward Cayman Togashi has moved on to fellow second-tier team V-Varen Nagasaki. He started and played 72 minutes in their 1-0 win over Tochigi SC.