Boeung Ket Secure TMCC Berth in Final-Day Thriller
Cambodia’s Boeung Ket Angkor FC secured their Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 berth thanks to a final-day hat-trick from the Kingdom’s baby-faced star Chan Vathanaka, against fellow title-challengers Phnom Penh Crown FC on Thursday afternoon, which ensured Boeung Ket Angkor FC became the C-League regular season champion.
The battle between the perennial rivals went to the final day of stage two of the regular season, with Crown, in second-place and needing a win, if they were to leapfrog Prak Sovannara’s Boeung Ket sitting pretty at the top of the table.
However, Boeung Ket’s Vathanaka was in no mood for prisoners, as he bagged a treble, with teammate Khuon Laboravy also getting his name on the scoresheet in a 4-2 victory in Phnom Penh’s RCAF Stadium.
The young Cambodian forward, a thorn in the side of countless defences this season, has had a break-out year in which he has bagged a sensational 35 league goals to steer his side to a top of the table finish, and most importantly, above Crown, the defending Metfone C-League champions.
Speaking after the game, Vathanaka thanked the club, its staff and facilities and was adamant that he was ready for the TMCC challenge. “Training with quality teammates at the club, as well as training at home has helped me immensely.” said the 21-year old Cambodia international. “I hope I can do what I did today in Laos next Sunday.”
Teammate Esoh Paul Omogba was keen to stress the side were pleased with their performance this season and are ready for all-comers in the impending 5-nation regional tournament. “We are happy to come out on top today and of course we now look forward to the test of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship.” said the African forward. “Team spirit is good and we dream to be the champions.” He added.
Elsewhere in the C-League, National Defense Ministry FC, Svay Rieng FC and National Police Commissary FC had to settle for a comfortable mid-table finish. Western FC and Kirivong Sok Sen Chey ended their campaign at the foot of the table and will now face the dreaded relegation playoffs if they are to preserve their top-flight status.