| PHNOM PENH (8 March 2009) – Phouchung Neak FC and Naga Corp FC completed the cast for the semi-finals of the Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen Cup 2009 where they will join Phnom Penh Crown FC and Preah Khan Reach FC in the last four.
But the quarter-finals were anything but easy with both Phouchung Neak and Naga Corp being forced to play in the decisive penalty shoot-outs before they were able to book their places in the next round of the championship.
Phouchung Neak were held to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation and extra-time with Silva Sunday’s early 15th minute strike being erased by Sin Dalin’s equaliser in the 64th minute for National Defense Ministry FC.
In the shootout, Pao Ratha, Heng So Ly, Tuy Sam and Pao Sam Nang all scored for Phouchung Neak to steal the 4-2 victory over National Defense as Samrith Seyha and Lorn Sotheara made the only successful conversions.
Naga Corp FC were also made to sweat in the final moments of the game as a resilient Ranger FC side forced them into extra-time after the score stood at 1-1 at the end of regulation with Ty Bun Vichet’s 58th minute strike being erased by Chimm San Aun nine minutes to the end.
But Ranger almost scored an upset when Neang Chenla’s strike in the 108th minute of play gave them the lead for the first time in the match – only for Naga’s Sophal Odom to deliver the equaliser three minutes later.
In the shootout, Neang Chenla, Pok Chanthan, Teap Vatanak and Chhim Sambo all scored for Naga while Ranger only managed two penalty conversions off Kuoch Sokomphiak and Sann Narith.
In the semi-finals, Phonm Penh Crown FC will square off against Preah Khan Reach FC while Phouchung Neak will take on Naga Corp FC.