TMCC Match 3 Report: Boeung Ket Angkor FC 3-0 Yangon United FC
Boeung Ket Angkor FC booked their place in the semi-final of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 with an enthralling 3-0 home defeat of Yangon United FC at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium on Sunday evening.
The handsome 3-0 scoreline perhaps not doing the visitors justice after Yangon United, with all the possession, scuffed numerous first-half chances in front of goal. A strong opening salvo saw Yangon United’s Kyaw Ko Ko and Kyi Lin test Beung Ket Angkor’s goalkeeper Sou Yaty, who put in another strong display after his heroics had previously won him the man of the match award in TMCC Match 1.
Ko Ko’s effort early in the game was well-saved by Yaty, as the Myanmar international was set free on the right but could only strike the ball straight at Yaty from six yards out. Moments later, it was Ko Ko again, as the forward ghosted in to get his head to his teammate’s cross. His wicked header, destined for goal, cannoned back off the crossbar and on to safety, much to the relief of the home fans. Kyi Lin then blasted the ball towards goal, only to see the bar prevent Yangon United for the second time in quick succession.
After a goalless opening half, the game came to life in the second period as Boeung Ket seized on the visitors’ vulnerability in defence to hit a remarkable three goals.
The game’s opening goal came from the head of Esoh Paul Omogba in the game’s 51st minute, rising highest in the crowded opposition box to head the ball beyond Luiz Fernando in the Yangon goal. The Nigerian should have got a second goal minutes later but fired teammate Rous Samoeun’s cross well over the bar.
Gbenga Samuel Ajayi got his name on the scoresheet just after the hour mark, using his blistering pace and strength to latch on to a through ball from Chan Vathanaka. After a first shot on goal struck the flailing Yangon defender, Gbenga made no mistake from the follow-up putting the ball into the net for the game’s second goal.
Yangon United, now two goals down, looked increasingly desperate as Ko Ko, Kyi Lin and Yan Aung Kyaw were increasingly frustrated by the impenetrable defensive display of Sok Sovan and Touch Pancharong. Yangon’s new signing Adilson Dos Santos Souza was a mere footnote in the game, as Boeung Ket Angkor were able to starve the Brazilian of possession, thwarting a repeat performance of his two goal display against Lao Toyota last Sunday.
And so with Yangon exposed at the back, and three minutes on the clock remaining, Omogba capped a superb game for the hosts, and a man-of the match performance, by slotting in the game’s third after a meandering run through three Yangon defenders.
Speaking after the game, Yangon United head coach Emerson Alcantara paid tribute to Boeung Ket’s attacking triumvirate and rued his side’s vulnerability in defence. “I explained to my squad before the game, they have three very, very special players in attack, but sometimes players lose concentration and give the opposition space to attack” said the Brazilian.
Prak Sovannara, head coach of Boeung Ket Angkor FC, echoed the sentiments of his counterpart and explained: “Our players played a good game today, especially our attacking three. They say Messi, Suarez and Neymar, well we have our own here. Our midfield to forward play was good and we got the goals we needed.” The coach added that: “Next it’s onto Vietnam for the semis.”