Matchday 5 won’t be remembered for its unpredictability but it goes without saying that the Cambodia Premier League is beginning to take shape.
Saturday 16th September
Prey Veng 0-3 Tiffy Army
In the UK we would call Prey Veng an “accy killer”. The reference coming from their inconsistency and never knowing what they will do. This means every week when you have a little fun with your mates and try to predict the outcome of games they would always be the killer one. Army are consistently consistent but still as unpredictable. Two wins away from home have given us the first signs that they’re clicking into gear this season.
Svay Rieng 5-2 Angkor Tiger
The outcome of the game was never in doubt and the scoreline would suggest this was an easy night’s work but the look on Pep Munoz face at the end of the game said it all. Svay Rieng got away with one here and Tiger deserves credit for a display away from home that was filled with fight and spirit. Svay Rieng were not at their best but winning when playing poorly is what makes champions.. right?
Sunday 17th September
Vishaka 0-1 Crown
The biggest clash of the weekend but by far the most underwhelming game of the weekend. Imagine you’ve worked hard all week knowing Sunday night you’re heading to your favorite restaurant to eat a steak with all the trimmings. However when you arrive the steaks are all over cooked, the trimmings all gone and the air conditioning not working.
Vishaka vs Crown is fast becoming the most overhyped game in the fixture list. The quality isn’t being questioned but both teams playing not to lose is boring to watch.
ISI 1-1 Nagaworld
Anyone remember the Nagaworld team who played in the league cup final? That entertained us with fast flowing football, creative flair and a striking partnership reminiscent of Yorke and Cole in 99? Has anyone seen them? Please ask them to come back. Credit to ISI, this was another performance that showed their growth and competitiveness. They’ll take the point.
Boeung Ket 2-0 Kirivong
Boeung Ket continued their climb up the table albeit with help from a dubious penalty decision. Goals either side of halftime gave them a comfortable win against a Kirivong side that is struggling to come to terms with life in the top league. Venta isn’t doing much wrong, they’ve recruited well and have solid foundations in place, the question is what do they need to move to that next level?
This article is adapted from BPVE, (https://bpve.com/) reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review. (https://www.cambodiasportsreview.com/)
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