The first floodlit game at the PAT stadium this season saw Thai Port defeat TOT 3-1 in the Toyota League Cup.
The first goal of the game was gifted to TOT in 10 minutes after some slack Thai Port defending. The TP defence failed to win possession inside their half and allowed TOT's striker, Nattaphol, a clear run in on goal. He subsequently opened the scoring and the 5 TOT fans inside the stadium celebrated with a light ripple of applause - It was a shocking turnout considering it's only a 30 minute drive from Chaeng Wattana.
Their joy only lasted 15 minutes as Ekkapoom, who was playing a more central role tonight, scampered through the middle of the TOT defence to level.
After that goal, Thai Port always looked more likely to score and they thought they had gone 2-1 up near the break after Stevie Robb had headed the ball into the net after some ping-pong in the box. It wasn't to be as the referee had already pointed to the spot in the build up to the goal. Worawut stepped up to take the spot kick and he buried it in the bottom right corner although it must be said that the TOT keeper got very close to it.
The second half was a bit tame and it became a tense midfield battle. Nevertheless, the tie was wrapped up 5 minutes from time as Ekkapoom yet again burst through the middle of the away side's defence to send the Khlong Toei side into the last 16.
It was nice for the home side to finally play a game under the floodlights tonight. However, in the second half you could clearly see the 4 shadows from each player under the lights which indicates that the floodlights are still substandard. This issue will have to be addressed by either PAT or SuperRich.
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Siam Navy 1-4 Chiang Rai Utd (AET)
Trang FC 1-0 Nan FC
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FC Phuket 2-1 BBCU (AET)
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Khon Kaen 2-1 Samut Songkram (AET)
Globex 0-1 Chiang Mai (AET)
TTM Pichit 1-1 BEC Tero (BEC won 4-1 on pens)
Sisaket 2-1 Bangkok FC (AET)
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Pattalung 3-1 Roi Et Utd
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