SCG Muangthong United 2 vs. Gulf Saraburi F.C. 0
The MTUTD roster was stretched to the extreme in this home fixture with Saraburi FC. Coach Dragan Talajic decided to rest both Sarach Yuyen and Naoaki Aoyama due to both players having accumulated 3 yellow cards, and wanting to ensure they would be ready for the upcoming match with Buriram (Sat. Aug. 1).
Gulf Saraburi FC played with 10 players back on defense when MTUTD had the ball, and in the first half possession was dominated by the home club. Several key saves and defensive rescues from Gulf Saraburi, plus hitting the post frequently, meant the score was 0-0 at half time.
The second half opened with a quick goal from Mario Gjurovski as he took the center pass from Teerasil and caught the keeper off his line, chipping the ball in from 25 yards.
Shortly after the injury concerns began for MTUTD. A collision in mid-field meant Kim Dong Jin had to leave the game for the hospital room, with Sarawut subbed in.This proved prophetic as Sarawut added MTUTD's second goal later in the half.
Chananan was subbed off at the 62nd minute in order to preservie his form, with Kasidech coming in, however a few moments later team captain Datsakorn went down and required the stretcher, bringing in Seksit.
Then at the 76th minute Piyaporn blocks a shot and is injured in the process. MTUTD had now used all their subs and are reduced to 10 men for the remainder of the half and Thitipan dropped back to pick up the central defender role.
Saraburi FC were able to control most of the match after this point, however the MTUTD back line were helped with Kawin who made several blocks and saves, and earned the MAN-OF-THE-MATCH award for his efforts to preserve the clean sheet.
"Our medical staff are working magic, and I hope we will find 11 players for Wednesday FA Cup, and I hope the players have recovered," remarked Coach Talajic after the match. "Kim Dong Jin was sent to the hospital for 6-7 stitches, but I expect he will be back, and the other boys, they all have wishes to play, they show me their character."
"We are the only team in the TPL to play with 4 foreign players, and we have a lot of young players, and now we finish the first half and we are first," said Coach Dragan Talajic regarding new players joining the club, "It is up to the board and the president, and I will continue to work hard, no matter what."
SCG Muangthong United are in action soon with a Chang FA Cup match on Wednesday July 29th, and the following Saturday away to Buriram United when the top two teams in the league battle it out.
Ticket information and other details at: http://mtutd.info