A Terukazu Tanaka goal midway through the second half was enough to earn PTT Rayong the plaudits against Nakhon Ratchasima.
Prior to this match, PTT hadn’t conceded a home goal, and in the first 45 minutes that record never looked like being breached. Former Korat man, Josef Tirer twice warmed the palms of Munze Ulrich while attempts from Decha and Tanaka flew inches wide of the post.
The Swatcats were more offensive in the early stages of the second half, but they were undone in the 67th minute when Terukazu Tanaka helped the ball on its way into the net after Korat had failed to clear a set piece.
The hosts had chances to increase their goal advantage but they were grateful for the woodwork six minutes from time when Noguchipinto tipped a Nagano volley onto the crossbar.
PTT Rayong held out for a well-earned 1-0 win and moved 10 points clear of Nakhon Ratchasima. For me, they look nailed on for the TPL next season even though they’re not particularly easy on the eye to watch. For the Swatcats, with this current squad they look Top 6 at best, but that might change once their new recruits bed in once the transfer window opens.
Man of the Match: Prathan Mansiri - He easily held the Swatcat attack at bay