KENYA BROWN - Monday, March 2, 2020
Jonny Campbell and PKR Svay Rieng kept their unbeaten record in Cambodia's C-League intact as they came away with the shutout win over Army FC.
Svay Rieng 2-0 Army FC
Svay Rieng continued their excellent form as they were able to grind out a shutout win over a tough Army FC team at the Sports Complex.
Jonny Campbell would play a cameo role in this game as he came off the bench to play the final 15 minutes. With the team playing in several competitions this season - league, Hu Sen Cup, AFC Cup, Mekong Cup, and ASEAN Club Championship - the defending C-League champions will need to keep their defensive lynchpin and several other players fresh with their hectic schedule.
It wasn't an easy game for the host as their opponents, who had lost several key players during the offseason, put up a fight. However, two second-half goals were all Svay Rieng needed to claim all three points in the end.
Thiago Santos would score Svay Rieng's first goal in the 52nd minute when he headed in a free-kick from teammate Nen Sothearoth. The Brazilian striker was left unmarked in the area as he was able to connect with the ball and get it past Army FC goalkeeper Um Sereyroth as it ricocheted off the underside of the crossbar before going in.
Svay Rieng had several opportunities to extend their lead, with the best chance coming in the 61st minute when Hoy Phallin played the ball to Pedro Augusto. The Brazilian had an excellent chance to bury the ball into the back of the net, but Um Sereyroth would be on the spot to make a great save and keep the score at a single goal.
However, the champions would find that insurance goal in the 88th minute when Cameroonian forward Privat dazzled the fans as he dribbled past three Army FC defenders and the goalkeeper to set up Pedro Augusto for the easy tap in goal.
It was a hard-earned win for Svay Rieng as they have now extended their winning streak to four games in all competitions.
Svay Rieng sits in second place in the standings with nine points, with Campbell's former team Phnom Penh Crown occupying the top spot based on a superior goal difference.
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, all games in Japan's J. League have been postponed. Ryo Germain and Cayman Togashi will return to action with their respective teams in mid-March once the Japanese government has given the all-clear.
The outbreak of the virus has forced several of Asia's top leagues to postpone play in their respective countries.