Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thai Port 3-2 Siam Navy

Thai Port beat Siam Navy 3-2 in an entertaining game that in all honesty wasn't one for the football purists. The 90 minutes were noticeable for the absence of Thai Port coach, Thongchai Sukkokee. Apparently he was "mai sabai" although I'm sure that wasn't the real reason for the bearded one's non attendance.

Within a couple of minutes, Navy could have been ahead, but Barbosa's effort hit the base of the post.

On 8 minutes, Thai Port ended their goal drought of almost 500 minutes when Ekkapoom squeezed a shot through the Navy keeper's legs from a narrow angle.

The much maligned, Kim Ba Wi, made an assist for Navy's equaliser. A clearance from Mario rebounded off the hapless Korean and Barbosa held him composure to even matters.

After the leveller, Navy were the better side. On 25 minutes Thai Port fortunately retook the lead. Ekkapoom's cross from the left was in my opinion deliberately punched by Jessada. Justice appeared to be done when his handball landed in his own net.

By the time the half time whistle had been blown, Thai Port were 2-1 up, but worryingly for Navy, they had used their 3 substitutes.

A few minutes after the break, Port were 3-1 up when Jacob found Ekkapoom, and he netted his second goal of the game.

The home side appeared to be holding out comfortably until Munze ran out from his line to collect a ball from a long hopeful punt. He must have thought he'd ran out of his box as he released the ball from his grasp too easily and his resultant blooper left Pisanil Zaa with the easy task off tapping the ball into the net.

The Klong Toei side held out for the victory despite surviving a couple of penalty claims. Ulrich Munze also redeemed himself by pulling off a couple of decent saves.

Thai Port are now 10 points above the drop zone. With only 8 games remaining, that should be just about enough to ensure TPL football for next season.

Siam Navy played some attractive stuff especially through their front pairing of Barbosa and Alex Ruela. However, defensively they look like they will leak goals.

Attendance: 1,800

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