Bandar Seri Begawan - Another tight affair saw Timor Leste see off a misfiring Cambodia side 1-0 at the Track and Field Sports Complex in Berakas to go second in Group B of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for Asean Youth Football Tournament, one point behind Vietnam after their victory against Brunei, but with a game in hand.
It took 11 minutes before the game saw the first real opportunity fall to Cambodia, who were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area. However, Cambodia's Chan Vathanaka could only skew the ball wide of the goal.
Cambodia continued to look the more likely to score and were given a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 19th minute, when Teab Vathanak was clumsily fouled in the • box by Timor Leste's Raul Dias Monteiro Isac, having been set through in on goal by captain Chhun Sothearath.
The penalty responsibilities were handed to Prak Mony Udom, whose weak effort to Emerson Carlos Cesario's left was saved by the goalkeeper. The rebound fell back into Udom's path, but before he could get a shot off, Cesario deflected the ball out for a corner, which succumbed to nothing.
Cesario's heroics would prove crucial, as a second half which saw more gilt-edged chances go begging, was won in the dying moment of the game, when Januario Da Costa De Jesus capitalised on some slack defending to rifle in a shot from the edge of the D, leaving Sou Yaty with no chance.
The result leaves the sovereign state, which have two games left to play, in a commanding position to qualify for the semifinals of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, with their closest rivals, Brunei, trailing by three points.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin