KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 18, 2020
The winning streak continued for Jonny Campbell and Svay Rieng FC over the weekend as they held off National Police FC to maintain their hold on first place in Cambodia's C-League standings.
Svay Rieng 5-2 National Police
Svay Rieng did well to hold their ground against National Police as they warded off a comeback to secure the win at the Sports Complex On Sunday.
Campbell once again anchored the backline for Svay Rieng and went the distance as the team extended their winning streak to seven games.
The defending C-League champions have been in excellent form since play restarted last month and will be difficult to beat they look to retain their title and possibly make history along the way by remaining unbeaten for the season.
The host got off to a great start 15 minutes into the contest when they won the ball from a clearance. Nuba Tola would play the ball through to Prak Mony Udom, and the forward got his shot past National Police goalkeeper Khek Chansambath.
Svay Rieng immediately doubled their lead three minutes later when their Brazilian forward Pedro Augusto was brought down in the area, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot for a penalty. It was then left up to Tola to put away the spot-kick as he did so successfully.
The National Police was not deterred being down by two goals as they pulled one back in the 22nd minute. Mathew Osa's strike from a low cross into the area took a fortunate deflection off Campbell's foot to give them some confidence.
However, Svay Rieng restored their two-goal lead in the 51st minute when Udom buried his free-kick from the edge of the area into the back of the net.
But the visitors would not give up as they cut the deficit again in the 56th minute when Osa scored his second on the night with a strike from outside the area.
Campbell would find himself involved in the champions fourth goal in the 79th minute. Dribbling the ball up from the back, the center-back found his teammate Nen Sothearoth out wide on the left. The Cambodian winger attempted to cross the ball into the area in hopes of either Campbell or another teammate heading it on target. However, his cross ended up fooling the goalkeeper as it nestled itself into the right-hand side of the goal.
An unexpected goal, but Campbell will take the assist anyway.
Pedro Augusto rounded out the scoring for the host in the 89th minute with a strike from a difficult angle.
It was another good win for Svay Rieng as they continue to show that the brief suspension has not disrupted their form.
Svay Rieng remain atop of the standings with 31 points.