While the SCG Stadium was rocking to Muangthong United winning the TPL, I was watching Wuachon United and Esan United sharing an end of season 1-1 draw at the Tinsulanon Stadium.
It was Esan United who opened the scoring in the 14th minute when the lively Yai Nilwong broke quickly linking up with Mark Burchill before the return pass from the Scot set him up to shoot into the roof of the net at the back post.
Minutes later, Ulrich Munze sloppily fluffed a goal kick into the path off Kriangkrai who couldn’t take advantage pulling his shot wide. However, the exThai Port keeper kept his side in control of the contest twice before half time with two fingertip saves, from the same man Kriangkrai.
The away side should have extended their lead shortly after the interval when Yai slipped a precise pass onto Kim Tae Young, but the Korean shot into the keeper’s legs.
Munze once again made a spectacular save on the hour to prevent Jules Baga from scoring, but he could do nothing eight minutes later as Kriangkhai bulleted a header past him from a corner.
The game then slowly fizzled out as it finished 1-1. Wuachon shaded possession and chances, but I’d say a point a piece was a fair outcome.
The big question now is what will become of both sides next season. It’s highly doubtful Wuachon United will remain as they are with rumours abound that Songkhla FC will be disbanded and a new hybrid called Songkhla United will emerge.
When Esan United scored tonight, you could hear a pin drop inside the stadium. Granted it’s a long journey for fans to travel but at least Sisaket fans of last year would have made their presence felt. I honestly don’t think there was one Esan United fan at this game. It wouldn’t surprise me if they evolve into something new next season.