MTU won the first leg of this Toyota League Cup contest 2-1. It was a strange game as Muangthong could have easily won this game 5-1 and nobody would have begrudged them the win, but at the same time if Kasetsart had snatched a 2-2 draw, they would have deserved it for the performance of goalkeeper, Arthur Phillipe, and their endeavor to keep attacking against their more illustrious opponent.
The first goal of the game was scored by Dagno Siaka on 15 minutes with a header from a Datsakorn free-kick. The African should have added a second 20 minutes later from the spot, but his shot was blocked by Arthur Phillipe. The keeper produced a remarkable double save as he yet again blocked the follow up from Artit. In fact, the Kasetsart keeper pulled of a string of fine saves to keep the scoreline to only 1-0 at the interval.
Kasetsart equalised on the hour with a goal from Jean-Jean. He picked up the ball midway inside the Muangthong half and beat a couple of MTU defenders far too easily before firing a shot into the bottom left corner.
A minute later, Muangthong were back in front with a low shot by Pitchitphong from outside the box. Kasetsart will be bitterly disappointed that they conceded a goal so quickly after equalizing.
After that, the onslaught from the TPL side never materialized as they were reduced to long shots from outside the box. Their attempts were poor with Teerasil being wasteful on more than a couple of occasions.
Muangthong fielded a strong team tonight and will be dissatisfied that they didn't put the tie to bed. On the other hand, Kasetsart will be quietly confident of causing an upset on their bumpy university pitch next Wednesday. Their priority, however, is to win promotion to the 1st division and in the meantime, they need to keep focused on the bread and butter games of Division 2.
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