In front of a near capacity crowd SCG Muangthong United lived up to the DREAM TEAM name with a quality win over Bangkok Glass.
SCG Muangthong United head coach Totchtawan Sripan had some consternation going into this match with key defender Aoyama and striker Teerasil doubtful with injuries, and other new signings not yet ready to take their place on the pitch.
Within the first 10 minutes Muangthong pressure on the Bangkok Glass defenders led to a corner and a free kick from good position. Captain Datsakorn Thonglao lofted in two good crosses forcing Narit, the Glass keeper, into the air for saves.
Bangkok Glass were feisty on the counter attack. At the 12th minute Namibian Lazarus Kaimbi broke down the right wing past 2 defenders, but his cross was just a tad high and behind the waiting forward. Not 3 minutes later Kaimbi sent another cross low to the far post only a hair’s width away from a goal.
Bangkok Glass began to dominate the match after the first 15 minutes, though a great chance for SCG Muangthong United came at the 20th mark when Adisak went for a header inside the six yard box, but again Narit came up with the ball.
With Bangkok Glass dominating Muangtong relied on the long ball counter. At the 38th minute Adisak again could have put the home side up with a strike from inside the box, however it was straight at the keeper who’d come out to cut down any angle.
After 45 minutes and 2 more of extra time the match was scoreless, though either team could have been a goal up, though SCG Muangthong United’s fans were probably the most relieved to hear the halftime whistle.
SCG Muangthong United were a different team in the second half, pressuring down the right side, and Chanathip (Messi-J) making life difficult with speedy runs. When he was fouled at the 53rd minute it set up a free kick. The ball was lifted in to the six yard box, and Clieton Silva ran under it and headed one in for Muangthong United, his second goal of the season in as many matches.
The physical nature of the match intensified ten-fold as the second half continued, and much to the delight of the Muangthong United fans Teersil Dangda had his 2016 debut.
Shortly after, at the 66th minute, perhaps inspired, Cleiton Silva scored his 2nd goal of the match, set up nicely from the efforts of two hard working midfielders. Chanathip, after losing possession, fought back and regained the ball, sliding a pass to Sarach, who turned and fed Silva for the goal.
At the 73rd minute new signing Spanish defender Mario Arbante came in to the game, with Datsakorn coming out after he showed fans he still had his form. Meanwhile a series of yellow cards highlighted the tone of the match, with Bangkok Glass receiving all of the referee's second half attention.
Coach Totchtawan used his final sub at the 81st minute and Chaiyawat was in the match for Peerapat, perhaps considering his call up to the national team for their FIFA World Cup qualifier with Iraq next week.
Despite a few last moment efforts from Bangkok Glass, SCG Muangthong United were in complete control during the second half and began to show the quality expected from the DREAM TEAM.
The club will be in action again soon when Ratchaburi F.C. will come to the SG Stadium, Saturday March 12th, 7PM kick off - a match that was supposed to be an away fixture, however the new Ratchaburi home stadium is not yet complete.