The close battle between these two ‘in-form’ clubs, both with solid goal scorers and defenders, was just what the capacity crowd had expected.
SCG Muangthong United dominated play for most of the match, and quick pressure from midfielders Sarach, Chanathip, and Tanaboon often turned over the ball before Sukhothai were able to move past the half way line.
Sukhothai’s reputation for defending was evident as their backline were able to keep SCG Muangthong United from any serious attack at net. It wasn’t until the 39th minute that Chanathip’s low hard shot penetrated through to the goal, forcing Konglarp into a difficult save.
Sukhothai’s only decent chance of the first half came just before the whistle with a free kick from 40 yards out, however the shot was over the bar.
SCG Muangthong United opened the second half with Cleiton Silva netting a goal at 47 minutes. It was the kind of goal SCG Muangthong United had been building towards, with a series of close passes back-and-forth until Adisak spotted Silva in a good position to take the pass forward for a shot.
Sukhothai FC responded to Silva’s goal with some pressure of their own, though were unable to obtain a shot on net. Shortly after Sukhothai’s Renan Marques was subbed in. Marques had scored 5 goals in 8 matches for Sukhothai and represented a renewed effort to equalise.
Worrying for SCG Muangthong United was the knock to Mario Abrante at the 63rd minute, prompting the substitution of Suphan, the 21 year old centre back recently called up to Thailand’s national team for the upcoming King’s Cup competition.
Chances at goal for MTUTD were to come, and a curling shot by Silva at the 66th minute looked on target expect for a last moment tip wide by the keeper.
Adisak Kraisorn, having given the assist on the goal, was subbed out at the 74th minute for the hero of last week’s match, Michael N’dri. The French striker had scored the winner, and his hard work and fierce battles for the ball have endeared him to the Kirin fans.
Sukhothai, however, were to get the equaliser. The quality of the finish was brought into question by Muangthong United players. A tough tackle on Sarach Yooyen in the midfield was not called, allowing for a rush at goal for Sukhothai ,which Bireme capitalised on with a fast break knock in at the post.
The hero for this match, however, was Cleiton Silva. In the final seconds of extra time Silva headed in the free kick to give SCG Muangthong United the victory.
With this win SCG Muangthong United will retain their place at the top, and have a week to recover and prepare for their next match, away to BBCU, who are currently bottom of the table.