SCG Muangthong United earned their second win of the 2020 season beating Chonburi FC 1-0 in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the SCG Stadium.
The only goal of the match came early on at 16 minutes from Vanderley Dias Marinho (Derley). It was a well developed play, with a series of clever passes and movement in the box before Derley placed the shot low and into the far corner of the net.
The outcome of the match was never certain, however, and it was an exciting game to watch. The teams were equal on shots with 14 attempts each, and a balanced share of possession.
An early chance came for attacking midfielder Saharat Kanyaroj who let loose a shot that was off target. Saharat was to make several attempts at goal, or to set up his team mates, and continues to develop since joining the Kirin this season.
Chonburi FC were to threaten goal several times. A key chance came for veteran midfielder and team captain Kroekrit Thaweekarn when he received the ball at full stride approaching the box, but his shot had too much momentum on it and was over the bar.
Key for SCG Muangthong United was the high pressing game that coach Gama expects his players to use.
The Kirin captain, Sarach Yooyen, was chosen as Man-Of-The-Match as he closed quickly onto opposing players and created many changes of possession.
The second half saw Chonburi FC come out blazing and Muangthong United found themselves pinned into their own half for the first 10 minutes.
It looked as if Chonburi was to have the equalizer when a penalty was awarded on a foul by Wattanakorn at the edge of the box. The VAR referees however pointed out the foul had occurred outside the box. The ensuing free kick was well taken and through the wall, but Kirin keeper Somporn Yos was there for the save.
Somporn made 5 saves in the match and has earned himself the starting role over Vietnam international Dang Van Lam. As well, centre back Lucas Rocha had a solid performance and closed down the many crosses and through balls.
As the second half waned, Coach Gama looked to add spark to the attack, and at the 58th minute Korrawit Tasa was subbed off for Sundy Wongderree. The up and coming player had featured in the last match with a goal and had impressed in training.
Indeed, Sundy was to have three shots on target, and almost had the second goal, but his chip over the keeper was also over the bar.
With this victory generating confidence and momentum, SCG Muangthong United look ahead to their net match, away to Sukhothai FC. With luck, injuries to three starting players will ease and fans can look forward to further successes down the road.