Saturday, October 15, 2011

Khon Kaen 2-0 Army United

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The monsoon theme of the last few weeks in Thailand continued as Army Utd lost 2-0 at Khon Kaen.

Army Utd must be wondering how they lost this match as they had more possession and chances than their hosts did.

 New Lights
Just prior to the kick off, the torrential rain started right on cue under the recently upgraded Khon Kaen floodlights. The new lights were sparkling, but the same couldn't be said of the home side. Army had the best of the first half and went close early on but were denied by a double save from Khon Kaen's keeper, Piyawat. The keeper had an impressive game although he could do nothing as a long range shot from Weerapong hit the bar shortly before the break.

The T-Rex improved after the interval and took the lead on 51 minutes through their captain, Rermrat. A corner from the right was only half cleared, and Rermrat's shot from outside the box squirmed under Kamphol's body in the Army goal.

After that, Khon Kaen set up their stall to hold on to their lead and break on the counter attack.

The T-Rex looked to be holding out relatively comfortably until the 85th minute when the game sparked back into life. Piyawat first pulled off a point blank save from Leandro, and then from the resulting corner, Tony Pinho hit the bar with a header.

As time ran out, Army Utd became increasing frustrated. As usual when Army Utd are losing, toys get thrown out of the pram, and Rafael was sent of in injury time for a second yellow card. I'm not sure why the Brazilian was dismissed. It was hard to see what was happening as several disgruntled Army players were confronting the referee after a decision didn't go their way.

To rub salts into the wounds of the Gentlemen Rangers, Sakonwat scored with a free kick deep into injury time to make it 2-0 to the T-Rex.

Attendance: 2,004

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