‘The performance of the referee destroyed the match’ – Conor Nestor on the Hun Sen Cup final
មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង November 7, 2019
Phnom Penh៖ Conor Nestor said the performance of the referee destroyed the Hun Sen Cup final at the Smart RSN Stadium last night as Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng were beaten 5-4 on penalty shootouts by ten-man Boeung Ket after a 1-1 draw.
The Svay Rieng side lost their chance to secure double this season following the Hun Sen Cup final defeat to Boeung Ket. They lifted the Cambodian League trophy, but they couldn’t maintain their unbeaten record after losing 2-1 to Naga World in their last league game of the season.
Conor Nestor admitted that it is painful, but he was still proud of what his side have done for the entire season as they will take part in the AFC Cup next season as the champions of Cambodia.
The Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng coach lauded the intensity of last night’s Hun Sen Cup final with Hao Socheat’s side, but he was not impressed by the performance of the referee who he thinks should have done better.
“I think this game had the potential to be a very good advert for Cambodian football,” Conor Nestor told camsports.org.
“We dominated the ball, and I believe we played good football. But Boeung Ket were excellent in the counter attack.
“The stadium was full, and the pitch was perfect. It had all the potential to be a great advert, but the performance of the referee destroyed the match.
“I don’t say this to make an excuse as I believe Boeung Ket deserved their victory. I say this simply because the referee standards need to improve immediately.
“The assistant referees and 4th official I think tried to do a good job, but the performance of the referee I believe needs to be examined.
“Conceding a goal is always a possibility. We conceded less goals than all teams this season, but you must be ready if you go behind. I believe we handled going behind really well. We remained patient, but the final touch on the night just got away from us too many times. That’s football sometimes.
“I think 2 defeats in our last 35 games is something we need to be proud of. Our hearts are broken because we wanted to do something very special for our club and our supporters. We will learn from our 2 defeats, and we will be a better team next year.
“This season we played a total of 32 games, and we won 25. That’s incredible, and I’m so proud of all of our players. To work with them every day is an honour. We fell short of having the best season in Cambodian history on record, but now our focus is to represent this beautiful nation with pride in the AFC Cup.
“What’s next is a well-deserved rest. Our staff and players need to spend time with their loved ones. As the head coach, I would like to thank the families of all of our staff and players and our fans also who are like family to us. We will rest, and we will come back stronger.”
By: Sophak Huy