Conor Nestor on decisive moments in last night’s defeat to Ceres-Negros

មាស សុផាណារ៉ុង February 12, 2020


Manila៖ Two goals from each half saw Ceres-Negros thrash Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng 4-0 in the opening AFC Cup Group G match last night.

A careless pass from Soeuy Visal cost Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng concede the first goal before Joshua Grommen hit the ball into the net with his left hand, but the goal was allowed, which meant the host were two goals ahead at the half-time break.

Bienvenido Maranon’s second-half brace helped Ceres-Negros secure all points with a superb win over the Cambodian side in the opening Group G match of the AFC Cup.

Conor Nestor is left disappointed by the referee’s decisions to count Joshua Grommen’s goal as it is a clear handball, with the Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng coach insisting that the center-back need to be sent off for another foul on Privat inside Ceres-Negros’ box.

A penalty was then rewarded to the Svay Rieng side, but Thiago Santos’ penalty was brilliantly saved by Roland Muller.

“Football games are decided in key moments,” Conor Nestor told

“The key moments here were the second goal, which is a blatant hand ball that should have resulted in a yellow card and the penalty where the same player who scored from a handball fouled from behind. With another official after 15 minutes, we were 1-0 down against 10 men with a penalty to take. That was the turning point, and Ceres were too good for us once the momentum swung in that moment.

“The first goal – we know we must do better in our build up, and I believe we will improve on that point. The second goal – we need some help from the officials. Of course, that now means we have to chase the game and that’s not what you want to have to do against a team like Ceres.

“The rules of the game are clear. It is up to the AFC to ensure the rules are administered. For us, we must take care of what we need to improve and trust that others will do the same.

“We took too many touches in our build up play, and top teams don’t let you do that. We know the solution is we just have to believe in our game and apply our principles.

“When you play the best team in ASEAN region, statistically you expect it to be difficult, and it was. Our team will learn because we are committed to representing our club and Cambodian football in the best possible light.”


Photo Courtersey: AFC Cup

By: Sophak Huy