SCG Muangthong United are out of the 2019 Chang FA Cup after a 2-0 loss to Port FC, played at a packed SCG Stadium. The goals at the 74th and 78th minute ending any real chance for a trophy this season.
Said Coach Gama following the match, "I am really disappointed, and sorry to our fans for not winning this FA Cup match. We didn't play very well, we made some bad decisions, although we played better than Port. But this sometimes happens, and now our focus is 100% Thai League. We needed to rotate more players, but we couldn't do this today as it was an important game. We had more chances to score, but we cannot. We will play again, and next time we will do better, and we will play more consistent, hard work is needed."
The Kirin fielded a strong attacking side, but needed to rest key players ahead of the T1 match against Chiang Rai United in just four days time, and also account for injuries to key players in the defence. Said Coach Gama, "It didn't help that we signed two left backs, and then both of them get injured in
their first game for the club. This forced us to use players out of position." Likewise, Aung Thu was unavailable due to a slight injury.
Veteran striker Teerasil was rested, along with Bruno Gallo, however Derley, Heberty, and Adisak Kraison formed the attacking trio.
Ratcharapol was added to the holding midfield role, along with Charyl Chappuis, Sarach Yooyen, and
wing backs Suphanan and Suporn, playing for the injured Daisuke Sato and Ernesto on the left.
Adisorn Pomrak and Oh Ban Suk anchored the back line, and the regular Kirin keeper Dang Van Lam in goal.
Both teams showed intent to win the match with chances created inside the box in the first 15 minutes of play. Yet as the half progressed SCG Muangthong United began to dominate, echoing Coach Gama's wish to be first on the scoresheet.
Heberty Fernandes was once again the target of frequent fouls, and he was to show just how dangerous he is when allowed to run., when at 20 minutes in, he put on a trademark dash for goal. Taking the ball from his own midfield, he carried it past three defenders to the edge of the box, his shot deflected out for a corner. A foul on Derley at the 30th minute set up a free kick from about 40 yards out, inline with the far post of the goal, prime position for Heberty's free kick attempt. His shot was hit hard and just over the wall, but Worawut Srisupha, the Port FC keeper, was there to block and scoop up the rebound.
Port FC were to generate opportunities as well, and a shot was blocked by Adisorn, but Dang Van Dam's clearance landed on another Port FC boot. Fortunately, the attempt was wide and out for a goal kick.
With halftime closing in the Kirin almost were on the scoresheet as Gama had wished, as Suphanan stole the ball inside the box and fed Heberty the pass, but his shot from adjacent the penalty spot was right at the keeper.
The second half saw the Kirin attack with the same intensity and dominance. Derley had a great chance at 48', taking the long ball from Charyl Chappuis off his chest, and the shot blocked by defender Elias Dolah for the corner kick.
As the 60th minute approached, however, Port FC regained better possession and began to pressure the Kirin into the final third, but solid defense organization led by Oh Ban Suk and the wing backs prevented any chance at goal.
Soon however the Kirin began to lose focus and allow Port FC chances. Rolando Blackburn had a golden chance that he hit wide. A few moments later, Port FC were allowed a free kick, which Pakorn Prempak lifted into the box, the ball falling amongst a crowd of feet and an unlucky deflection of Teerasil and into the net.
The second goal came a few minutes later after Dang Van Lam was not able to get onto Charyl's back pass,allowing Blackburn the easy shot into the empty net, scoring in his debut match for Port FC.
Muangthong United continued to pressure for goal, but misfired when chances came. Derley's shot at the 90th minute from inside the box was weak, hit while off balance. Heberty's free kick/cross bounced off various legs, and while it might have gone towards the net, instead was out of bounds.
SCG Muangthong United have no time to dwell on the loss as they host second place Chiang Rai United at the SCG Stadium, Sunday July 21st, a 7PM kickoff. Tickets available at http://ticketme.co, or at the stadium ticket booths.