KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Jonny Campbell and Svay Rieng kept their winning streak going as they exacted some revenge in their shutout of NagaWorld to maintain their lead atop of Cambodia's C-League standings.
NagaWorld 0-2 Svay Rieng
Goals in both halves saw Svay Rieng FC extend their winning streak to six games as they handed NagaWorld their first loss of the season at the Army Stadium in Phnom Penh.
Campbell once again anchored the backline for the defending league champions as he went the distance in a game that they most certainly had marked on their calendar.
It was last season when Svay Rieng came close to making history as they had a chance to become the first team in Cambodia's league history to finish unbeaten. However, some controversial refereeing decisions, which included Campbell being sent off, saw them fall short in their 2-1 defeat.
So there was no doubt that Svay Rieng wanted to avenge that stinging loss as they make a second attempt to complete an unbeaten season.
NagaWorld should have had the advantage as they were the host, but their opponents dominated a majority of the game. Despite the bumpy ground, it was a comprehensive performance on the day for Svay Rieng.
The visitors opened the scoring when Brazilian forward Pedro Augusto did well to hold the ball up at the top of the area before threading a pass to teammate Sareth Krya, who popped up in the area to slot the ball past the goalkeeper.
NagaWorld tried in vain to put up a fight in the game, but the final ball let them down in the end as shot after shot went well off target. Meanwhile, Svay Rieng could have scored even more goals as they seemed to click well with every pass and every attack in their opponent's end.
And that continued pressure from the champs paid off in the 73rd minute when Augusto got his name on the scoresheet. Cameroonian forward Jean Befolo "Privat" Mbarga was released on the left side following a pass. He then held just long enough before sending a low cross to the center that his Brazilian team would steer home.
In an interview with Yanks Abroad, Campbell expressed how satisfying a victory this was for the team, especially with the events that occurred in the game last season.
"Beating Naga away from home 2-0 was a very good win, kept a clean sheet, we stay top of the table and keep moving closer towards our goal," he said. "I think we played better football than Naga and just took our chances. We had more shots and everything. A very good result to stay top of the table and keep moving forward."
Svay Rieng maintains their spot at the top of the standings with 28 points.