KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Jonny Campbell and Svay Rieng FC got back to their winning ways over the weekend as they defeated Army FC to keep them in the thick of the race for the C-League title.
Army FC 2-5 Svay Rieng
Svay Rieng got themselves back on track and showed their rivals that they're going to have a tough time taking the league title away from them as they beat Army FC at Army Stadium.
Jonny Campbell took up his place anchoring the back line and played 86 minutes as he did well to shutdown the opposition's main goal-scoring threat Cristiano.
With the C-League now in its championship phase, a decision that was made following the temporary halt to the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's up in the air as to who will come away with the title.
Svay Rieng looked strong when the league restarted and appeared to be on pace to retain the title. However, the past two weeks were unkind to them as their winning streak was snapped by Boeung Ket. That was followed up by a shock loss to Phenom Penh Crown.
But the defending champions have a never quit attitude and as they took on Army FC under atrocious field conditions, they showed their resilience.
It was back and forth in the early minutes of the game as both sides tried to gain an advantage. However, Svay Rieng would open the scoring 10 minutes in when their forward Prak Mony Udom put away a scintillating free-kick that Army's goalkeeper had no chance of stopping.
The visitors were given a chance to double their lead seconds later when Privat was brought down in the area, leaving the referee to point to the spot or a penalty. The Cameroonian then stepped to convert the spot kick in the 12th minute.
Army FC cut the deficit in the 17th minute when Svay Rieng goalkeeper Aim Sovannarath fumbled the ball as he made a save on a shot, allowing Narong Kakada to pounce and head it into the goal.
The host were back in the game, but not for long as Privat scored again before halftime to restore Svay Rieng's two-goal lead. Mony Udom cross from the right found his attack partner in the center of the area and he certainly was not going to miss as he headed the ball home.
The momentum was clearing in Svay Rieng's favor as both teams entered the second half.
Privat went on to complete his hat-trick in the 52nd minute with a chip shot over the goalkeeper despite have a defender tugging at his shirt.
That goal was followed up by Mony Udom's second goal of the night four minutes later. Privat lofted the ball into the area from the left and the Cambodian international got just enough of his foot on it to poke it past the goalkeeper and across the goal line.
Army scored a consolation goal late in the game, but it was clear that they were outplayed on the night by Svay Rieng as got the hard-earned win in the end.
Svay Rieng remains in second place in the championship standings with 34 points, two points behind rivals Boeung Ket.