Last weekend, Air Force were knocked out of the Toyata League Cup by second division Mahasarakham. Tonight they were hoping to repay their fans by defeating Buriram FC in the FA Cup. It didn't happen and I was surprised that they fielded an understrength team against the current Division 1 leaders.
On the other hand, Buriram FC had no thoughts of resting first team regulars and fielded a strong team. They currently have an abundance of ex Buriram PEA players at their disposal and added to that tonight were new coach Sasom Pobpraserd's recent recruits from TPL side Thai Port. Jirawat and Alef started the match and Sompong and Ekkachai came on as second half substitutes.
The game was won in the last 10 minutes of the first half with goals form Supakit and Rattana. The home side had put up a half-decent fight until then but they never looked like they would breech the solid central defensive partnership of Henri Joel and Kone Seydou.
In the second half, Buriram should have added to their lead. The lack of composure shown by the Buriram players in front of goal meant that the game ended 2-0.
Air Force are now out of both cup competitions and they have a game against Bangkok FC this weekend that is a must win game. A victory would see them edge up to mid-table safety in Division 1.
Sasom Pobpraserd will be happy to get of to a winning start at Buriram FC but he'll know that he'll have bigger challenges to face in the forthcoming months.
|Karuna Chidchob - Buriram FC owner and cheerleader|