KENYA BROWN - Monday, March 9, 2020
Jonny Campbell and Svay Rieng played settled for a point with Phnom Penh Crown in a battle between the Cambodian C-League's top two teams.
Phnom Penh Crown 0-0 Svay Rieng
In the weekend's highly-anticipated game between the league's first and second place teams, Phnom Penh Crown and Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng ended up sharing the spoils at the RSN Stadium in the capital.
Jonny Campbell started the game for Svay Rieng and went the distance as this will be a busy week for the reigning champions in which they enter another group game in the AFC Cup in the middle of the week followed by another league game three days later.
Svay Rieng nearly took the lead when Daisuke Kobayashi played a through-ball to Prak Mony Udom. The forward fired a powerful shot, but it came crashing off the bar. Udom then had another opportunity to score from a free-kick, but his attempt was saved by Phnom Penh goalkeeper Um Vichet.
At the other end, Svay Rieng goalkeeper Om Oudom was on top of his game as well as he made an excellent diving save to ward of a header from Phnom Penh's Boris Kok.
It was a fairly even first half with both teams having good chances to score.
The second half would see Svay Rieng have another opportunity to break the scoreless deadlock when their Cameroonian forward, Privat, muscled a defender off the ball and dribbled into the area. However, Um Vichet was able to get down and push the ball away.
Phnom Penh was then given a chance to score when the referee blew his whistle for a free-kick after a suspect hand-ball from Campbell. Mao Piseth fired his shot towards the goal, but Om Oudom would once again be on the spot to keep the game scoreless.
In the end, both teams deserved a point as their goalkeepers were on top of their games on the day.
Svay Rieng remains in second place in the standings with 10 points.
The coronavirus outbreak has halted the start of many of the leagues around Asia. There is still no word as to when any of them will start, especially those with Americans playing in Vietnam and Japan.