Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thai Port 3-0 Khon Kaen

As today was Sasom Pobpraserd swansong as Thai Port manager, there was only ever going to be one winner.The 3 Thai Port goals were scored by Sompong, Alef and Ekkachai. All 3 along with Jirawat played their last game for the Klong Toei side today. They will be heading to Buriram FC along with Sasom Pobpraserd.

The departing players and coach will be dropping down a league to Division 1. After watching Khon Kaen today, I think it's safe to say that they'll be heading in the same direction at the end of the season.

It only took Thai Port 8 minutes to open the scoring when Sompong got inbetween defender and goalie on the edge of the box to dink a header over the keeper into the empty net.

Alef finally scored his first goal for Thai Port in his last ever game for the club. He converted a penalty after an unneccesy trip on Sompong from a Khon Kaen defender. Alef's first goal was scored with his bright pink boots. I wonder if he'll take them to Buriram with him?

It was 2-0 at half-time and it was really just a case of how many Thai Port would score.

Ekkachai rounded things off from close range with a third in the second half.

It finished 3-0 and at the end of the game coach Sasom and the departing players waved goodbye to the Klong Toei Army.

So what now for Thai Port? Has the reported new coach,Thongchai Sukkokee, been hired for his potential and coaching ability or is it because his wage demands tick the right boxes?

The pessamistic Port fan will be worried that all the top players will leave and the team will be full of untried youngsters. He/She won't be able to relax until it's mathematically certain that Thai Port have beaten the drop.

The optimistic fan will see this as a chance to rebuild the squad and kick on for a top 6 finish.

Whatever happens at Thai Port, you can be sure that we'll hear a lot more about Sasom Pobpraserd. For the time being, life in Division 1 might be a bit quiet for him but next season his Buriram FC team will be one of the favourites to win the Thai Premier League.

Attendance: 3,072
Players hold a minute's silence for the Chiang Rai fans killed in the bus crash earlier today.

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