TMCC Match 5 Preview Article 2 – Boeung Ket Angkor FC
Boeung Ket Angkor FC have a date with destiny on Sunday, December 20 at 7pm, in the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 Final which pits them against Buriram United FC. Boeung Ket have already accumulated an impressive collection of scalps on their route to the final and are ready to win a fourth TMCC match in a row to win the competition.
In the round-robin stage, the Cambodian side first overcame the threat of Lao Toyota FC of Laos in a 2-0 win in Vientiane’s Anouvong Stadium. After Yangon United FC sent Lao Toyota hurtling out of the competition in matchday two, Boeung Ket welcomed the 2015 Myanmar National League champions to Phnom Penh for the vital – and decisive – third match. Unfortunately for Yangon, last-minute personnel changes saw a depleted side take to the pitch at National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh; they were duly beaten 3-0 by the rampant Cambodians.
Boeung Ket Angkor then booked their place in the final with an impressive victory over defending TMCC champions Becamex Binh Duong FC in the semi-final at Hang Day Stadium in Hanoi.
Despite initially going behind to an early goal, Boeung Ket’s Vathanaka ensured his side’s passage to the final by netting a spectacular hat-trick in the 3-2 win over the Toyota V.League 1 champions.
Although it was Vathanaka who hit the headlines, club captain and keeper Sou Yaty gave an equally inspired performance of his own in goal, keeping out a succession of late efforts on goal as the Becamex pressure grew.
Speaking after the game, Vathanaka was pleased with his performance against the Vietnamese defending champions. “We knew all along that Binh Duong is a strong team and that they are four-time V.League champs. It was not an easy match for us, but in football you can never tell who is the winner until the final whistle” said the 21-year old.
Vathanaka was also looking towards Sunday’s final match as an indicator of the great strides made in Cambodian football in recent years. “This is a chance for us to show our ability. Buriram is the most successful club in Thailand and [they’ve] proved themselves in the AFC Champions League with wins over the Koreans, Chinese and Japanese. This is a good chance for us to measure and see the level of Cambodian football – including me – when we face a top team” he said.
Last weekend saw Vathanaka being presented with the C-League Golden Boot and MVP for his sensational performances in front of goal. Boeung Ket Angkor’s Prak Sovannara was also bestowed with the award for Best Coach.
With Boeung Ket Angkor FC’s domestic season wrapped up, the team will hope to send a jolt through the region once more this Sunday, December 20, and seal a win over one of the strongest sides of the ASEAN region at the Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok in the TMCC 2015 Final.