| PHNOM PENH (6 May 2009) – Preah Khan Reach FC set the early pace in the Cambodia Premier League 2009 when they thrashed Phouchung Neak FC 3-0 in their first game of the season to take the lead at the table.
Khuon Laboravy gave Preah Khan the first goal in the 45th minute before a double from O. Olisa Emeka in the 68th and 77th minute ensured them the goal advantage over second place Kirivong Sok Sen Chey FC.
Kirivong, who were trailing Khemara Keila FC 2-0 from an early third minute strike off Cambodian international Kuoch Sokompheak and then from A. Anthony in the 53rd minute, did not lose heart.
They maintained their composure for In Vichhka to slam home the first goal for Kirivong two minutes later before Ly Ravy then grabbed the equalise on 72nd minute.
With Khemara losing pace, Kirivong then struck a double blow off J. Chukwumeka in the 81st minute and then Him Salam in the 85th minute for the final scoreline.
The win kept Kirivong just a goal ahead of Build Bright United who edged Post Tel Club FC 1-0 with the solitary goal in the game coming off O. O. Adeseye in the 31st minute.
In the meantime, the match between Spark FC and Naga Corp FC ended in a pulsating 2-2 draw.
J. Uch Prince had given Spark a bright start with the lead in the 15th minute only to see Naga Corp replying through Sun Sovanarith in the 38th minute.
Aum Thavarak then gave Naga Corp the lead for the first time in the match with the team’s second goal three minutes after the restart.
But Prince managed to find the space and time to strike his second as well as Spark’s valuable equaliser for the one point.
CURRENT CAMBODIA PREMIER LEAGUE STANDINGS
1. PREAH KHAN REACH 3pts (+3)
2. KIRIVONG SOK SEN CHEY 3pts (+2)
3. BUILD BRIGHT UNITED 3pts (+1)
4. NAGA CORP 1pt (=)
5. SPARK FC 1pt (=)
6. POST TEL CLUB 0pt (-1)
7. KHEMARA KEILA 0pt (-2)
8. PHOUCHUNG NEAK 0pt (-3)
NOTE: Phnom Penh Empire FC and National Defense Ministry FC have yet to play.