Army United inflicted Chonburi's first defeat in the TPL this season as they edged out the Sharks 1-0. It was an engaging game although it wasn't one for the football purists.
Lucas Daniel was making his debut in between the sticks for Army United, and he was the busier goalkeeper in the first half making a block from Dossevi and then clearing up a goal line scramble as the Sharks pressed for an opener.
The only goal of the game came on 39 minutes from a nice individual goal from Issarapong. The close season signing from Sisaket cut back from the byline and then beat two players before unleashing his shot past Sintaweechai in the Chonburi goal.
The second half though was disheartenly a tale of injuries. Some were genuine whereas other were purely comical. Twice in the second period, Army players shamefully rolled back onto the pitch to receive treatment from outside the perimeter lines.
By the time 80 minutes had arrived, Chonburi had used all three subs and they were effectively down to ten men when Dossevi cramped up. He did eventually limber back on 10 minutes later but by that time he was virtually finished.
Just as the fourth official held up the board showing 8 minutes of injury time, Chonburi were inches away from equalizing as Diakite's onward header hit the crossbar.
With the last kick off the game, Pipob had a great chance to level but his shot on the swivel flew over the bar.
Beating Chonburi is an impressive scalp for Army United but their antics in the second half were particularly embarrassing. Nonetheless, Issarapong showed good skills in the first half and Daniel Blanco was immense in the second as Army snuffed out the Choburi attack.
The Sharks have an impeccable record at home, but away from the Chonburi Stadium they haven't won in 7 attempts in all competitions this season. That highlights where their problems lie!!